Augustana Student Organization Reaches Pennies for Peace Goal

SIOUX FALLS – With a generous assist from Gay and George Kapplinger, Augustana’s New Student Seminar (NSS) achieved its goal of raising $12,000 for Pennies for Peace, which would be enough to build a school in Afghanistan or Pakistan.

The nine-month effort was a community project of Augustana’s class of 2012. With the academic year coming to a close and the goal not met, a gift from the Kapplingers made up the difference. The Kapplingers are graduates of Augustana, and George is a member of the Augustana Board of Trustees.

Founded by author/humanitarian Greg Mortenson, Pennies for Peace is a program dedicated to educating American children about the world beyond their experience and shows them they can make a positive impact on a global scale, one penny at a time.

Mortenson, who spoke at Augustana in September, 2008, is also the co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organization that has built more than 70 schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Susan Bies, Director of Student Academic Support Services and New Student Seminar at Augustana, said the NSS project received outstanding support from numerous partners in the community including Hawthorne, Discovery, and Eugene Field Elementary Schools, Edison Middle School, Lincoln High School, First Lutheran Church, and Hope Lutheran Church.

“The community partners, especially the local school children and youth, have worked diligently to raise funds for the Pennies for Peace Project,” Susan Bies said. “The Kapplingers gift put us over the top. It has been a terrific collaborative effort by all.”

Bruce Conley
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