Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Walk for Peace (and Bret Harte)

Benjamin Klaus, a wonderful teacher at Bret Harte Elementary School - affectionately known as Mr. Ben - would like you to know about a wonderful way to support our community's children and our shared goal of peace.

Hello Friends,
I am writing this letter on behalf of the children at Bret Harte Elementary School. Our school is located in the Bayview/Hunter's Point, a neighborhood in the Southeast section of San Francisco. More than 75% of our students come from families that are currently enduring extreme economic hardship, thus are eligible to participate in the State sponsored free lunch program. In addition, the majority of our families reside in the local Government Housing Developments, including Alice Griffith and Sunnydale. Our students all too often are witnesses of direct and indirect violence in the their own and surrounding communities. To combat this problem, we are currently participating in a Peace Project at school. Many activities, including field trips and in-school presentations have been organized for the year and are all centered around peaceful solutions, peace in the home and peace within ourselves. A major element to our Peace Project is our first annual Walk For Peace Walk-A-Thon on Friday, May 9, 2008 at Candlestick Park. Our goal is to raise $25,000 to support enrichment programs for our students, including visual art, physical education, nutrition and gardening. In addition to raising much needed funds, the Walk-a-Thon also helps develop a vital sense of community by bringing Bret Harte School's families together. This sense of community supports and strengthens the excellent learning environment at Bret Harte Elementary School. Please visit our website at http://www.blogger.com/www.sfbretharte.org for more information and to make a contribution. Thank you so much for your support.
I hope this note finds you happy and healthy!
Benjamin Klaus

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