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“Three Cups of Tea” Event at St. Luke Helps Raise Money for School District Project

Pictured (left to right) is Oswego City School District Superintendant William Crist (left) as he accepts a check from St. Luke Health Services resident (and avid reader) Carmella Fitzsimmons. The donation is the result of a resident fundraising event to benefit the “Pennies for Peace” initiative and community-wide “Oswego Reads project, which will be hosting an appearance by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson is co-founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute and co-author of the New York Times best-seller Three Cups of Tea, in Oswego on October 28th.
Pictured (left to right) is Oswego City School District Superintendant William Crist (left) as he accepts a check from St. Luke Health Services resident (and avid reader) Carmella Fitzsimmons. The donation is the result of a resident fundraising event to benefit the “Pennies for Peace” initiative and community-wide “Oswego Reads project, which will be hosting an appearance by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson is co-founder and executive director of Central Asia Institute and co-author of the New York Times best-seller Three Cups of Tea, in Oswego on October 28th.

OSWEGO – The residents of St. Luke Health Services enjoyed an afternoon social of storytelling and tea, and took the opportunity to present the Oswego City School District with a donation on behalf of the community -wide “Three Cups Of Tea” initiative, part of the Oswego Reads project.

Residents gathered for a reading of “Listen to the Wind,” a variation of the New York Times best-seller, “Three Cups of Tea,” the selected book for this year’s first community-wide reading initiative – Oswego Reads. The book is available for three age levels, adult, young adult and children.

On hand for the event was Bill Crist, Oswego City School District Superintendent and co-founder of Oswego Reads. He addressed the residents, talking about the newly-formed Oswego Reads and its vision for an annual community read.

St. Luke residents and staff also presented Crist with a check from monies raised through a recent bake sale. The bake sale was held to raise awareness for “Pennies for Peace,” an international service-learning program dedicated to bringing hope and education opportunities to the children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“Pennies for Peace” is a program through Central Asia Institute (CAI), which was founded by Greg Mortenson. Mortenson, co-founder and executive director of CAI and co-author of Three Cups of Tea, will make an appearance in Oswego on October 28th.

About the book – Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace, One School At A Time is co-authored by Greg Mortenson and is a #1 NY Times Best Seller. The book recounts the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establish schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan. By replacing guns with pencils, rhetoric with reading, Mortenson combines his unique background with his intimate knowledge of the developing world to promote peace with books, not bombs, and successfully bring education and hope to remote communities in central Asia. Three Cups of Tea is at once an unforgettable adventure and the inspiring true story of how one man really is changing the world—one school at a time.

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