OSWEGO â€“ 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 â€œThree Cups Of Teaâ€ initiative, part of the Oswego Reads project.
Residents gathered for a reading of â€œListen to the Wind,â€ a variation of the New York Times best-seller, â€œThree Cups of Tea,â€ the selected book for this yearâ€™s first community-wide reading initiative â€“ 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 â€œPennies for Peace,â€ an international service-learning program dedicated to bringing hope and education opportunities to the children in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
â€œPennies for Peaceâ€ 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 Manâ€™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 Pakistanâ€™s K2, the worldâ€™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 worldâ€”one school at a time.
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