High schoolers visit Peace Garden on summer tour

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High schoolers visit Peace Garden on summer tour

High school students from Oakland and Seattle visited the California State University, Fresno campus as part of a fact-finding journey to Fresno to learn more about how the economic crisis impacts residents here.

The students’ visit on July 11 and 12 was sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland and the Institute for Community Leadership in Kent, Wash.

At Fresno State, they were welcomed to the Peace Garden by Dr. Andrew Fiala, a professor of philosophy, and Dr. Sudarshan Kapoor, a professor emeritus of social work and the man who sparked the Peace Garden.

The students met with several community-based organizations during their Fresno visit as part of a seven-week tour with the theme “Economic Crisis + Education Crisis = Teach-ins for a Stronger Democracy.”

Tour stops include West Coast urban areas San Francisco and Portland and rural areas such as the Willamette Valley in Oregon.

The touring students were hosted in Fresno by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fresno County.

The sponsoring organizations prepare youth ambassadors to apply nonviolence leadership in fostering peace, constructing community and strengthening democracy.

For more information, call Karen Bohlke 206.755.3677.

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