Pennies for Peace campaign coincides with Mortenson visit to Washburn

TOPEKA- Greg Mortenson, author of “Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time,” will make an appearance on the Washburn University campus Nov. 20. In his honor, the Washburn Student Government Association is organizing a Pennies for Peace campaign. Pennies for Peace is a program Mortenson started when he first began his project of building schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The program emphasizes the impact of how one penny can impact the education of these students. For example, one penny equals one pencil. WSGA’s goal is to raise $12,000, which is how much it takes to build one school. Pennies for Peace jars have been placed in 24 locations around the Washburn campus (listed below). If your business or classroom would like to contribute to the Pennies for Peace program, contact Erica Koepsel at (785) 670-2320 or e-mail [email protected] For more information about Pennies for Peace, visit www.penniesforpeace.org. Pennies for Peace drop off locations on the Washburn campus: Curriculum Resources Center, Carnegie Hall; rooms 203 and 303, Benton Hall; rooms 133 and 211, Garvey Fine Arts Center; rooms 101, 114, 221 and 311, Henderson Learning Resources Center; KTWU; Mabee Library; Bookstore, Corner Store, Student Activities and Greek Life office and Washburn Student Government Association office, Memorial Union; rooms 104, 110, 115, 123, 202 and 267, Morgan Hall; rooms 201 and 205, Petro Allied Health Center; and room 302, School of Law. Donations to Pennies for Peace also may be made the night of the Mortenson event on Nov. 20. As part of the iRead program at Washburn University, Mortenson, will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20 in White Concert Hall, Garvey Fine Arts Center, Washburn campus. Advance tickets (which are free) are required and may be picked up in the Center for undergraduate studies and programs office located in room 122, Morgan Hall, or the student activities and Greek life office located on the lower level of Memorial Union. Tickets also may be reserved by phone (785-670-2299) and picked up at the will call table in the lobby of White Concert Hall the evening of the event.