Tuesday, September 16, 2014

SOY launches new semester with tabling at Austin HS

Our first tabling of the new school year was great!  We really enjoyed being able to talk with students at Austin HS today during lunch.  Our list of what to do for a free t-shirt grew longer, as we added another couple of activities, such as asking students to write their ideas for how to help stop and prevent war.

We provided our usual brochures on military realities, alternatives to military enlistment, and an assortment of stickers, paper folders and reprints of the comic book-style story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott that was produced by the Fellowship of Reconciliation.  Students were up to the t-shirt challenge and we appreciated their ideas toward International Day of Peace (coming up on Sept. 21).  Their responses to the question, "What could help stop or prevent war?" were these:

Results of the Penny Poll were almost equally tied priorities for Health Care, Education and the Environment (72, 72 and 71 pennies in those jars, respectively), 52 pennies for Humanitarian Aid and 42 pennies for the Military.

It was good to see this poster for a Global Student Leaders Summit on environmental sustainability and the announcement about the Spring 2015 trip to Costa Rica as part of that.  Austin HS has an Academy for Global Studies.  We agree that knowing more about the world is part of the solution!

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