(Shannon Anicas is Program Director Global Education for Global Ties Akron.)
Buchtel High School literature teacher Kristy Nelson wanted a way to engage her students in a meaningful and thought-provoking way that the students could focus on helping others while also learning to help themselves. She decided that they would read the “I Am Malala” book for their spring term and she decided to take it a step further and contacted Global Ties Akron, a local nonprofit, to see what ideas they had for a project.
Mrs. Nelson and her 10th- and 11th-grade classes partnered with a Global Ties Akron to help with their global education project, Know Your Community – Know Your World’s “1000 Cranes for Peace” initiative.
Global Ties Akron and Nelson thought that through the combining of the 1,000 cranes peace project, the Buchtel students created ways to raise money and awareness for the Malala Fund’s cause of allowing all girls around the world to attend school.
The students worked in teams to create items that would be for sale during the Better Block Akron activities on May 15 through 17 in the North Hill area of Akron.
Thanks to their hard work leading up to the event and during the event itself the students raised $1,060 and made almost 900 cranes for the Malala Foundation. With their partner Global Ties Akron, they will contact the foundation to tell them of the donation that they want to make on behalf of Buchtel High School in Akron.