Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00
Number one New York Times bestselling author of Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, and his 13-year-old daughter Amira visited Baylis Elementary School on the eve of the publication of his second book. As Stones Into Schools hit the shelves on December 1 and Mortenson launched a nationwide 21 day speaking and lecture tour, he spent the morning visiting with the students and teachers at Baylis.
Mortenson started the Central Asia Institute and Pennies for Peace after a failed mountain climbing attempt led him to the remote village of Korphe, where he saw firsthand the struggle for education and knowledge among the Pakistani people. Mortenson and his foundations build schools – mostly to educate girls – and its kids helping other kids across the world.
Principal Sharyn Goodman welcomed Mortenson and daughter Amira and expressed her gratitude and admiration on behalf of everyone at Baylis. A group of second students under the guidance of Beth Hagedorn offered an exquisitely expressive original interpretation of Greg’s children’s book: Listen, Listen, Listen to the Wind…
Third grade student council ambassador Samuel Kreit informed Mortenson that Baylis’ mission was to raise enough pennies to build a school in Afghanistan. Mortenson shared his wisdom, warmth and humor with the students and staff and it was a moving and very memorable visit for all. Mortenson’s daughter Amira, who has a section in the young reader’s version of Three Cups of Tea, spoke about her experiences traveling with her dad and meeting Afghan students going to schools for the first time. Amira graced everyone with her beautiful and lovely rendition of the Three Cups of Tea song, which was a delight for all to hear.