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Kids For Peace Newsletter
Good News Fall 2009
In This Issue
Recap of Past Events
Art N Soul Sponsor
Skyler Pinto wins BE BIG contest
Jill wins Local Hero Award
Chapter Spotlight: Leucadia
Second Book Contest
November Fundraiser
Recap of Past Events
Great Kindness Challenge Success!
Children in at least 35 countries, 6 continents, and all fifty American states participated in the Great Kindness Challenge.  Firefighters were thanked, hearts were left on cars, doors were opened for others, friends were hugged, lemonade stands were created with proceeds going to charity, sack lunches were given to homeless and so much more.  Love was felt all over the world.  It was indeed a magical day.
Thanks to Hasbro, our very generous sponsor, for making this possible.  A big thanks also to our Team Leader, Rick Moore, for creating this incredible day of kindness, CRT-tanaka for donating their fabulous PR services, Envisager Studio for donating the GKC website and to all the volunteer interns for their hours of dedication and hardwork.
Tony Hawk
 2009 Peace Hero
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Kids for Peace was thrilled to present Tony Hawk with our 2009 Peace Hero Award.  Tony was chosen for his generous philanthropic work, commitment to youth in our communities, trail blazing ways, and for being an overall great guy.  The children were all smiles as they honored Tony with songs, cheers and highlights of his career.  The event was hosted at the beautiful San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas, California.
Art N Soul Sponsor 
Cindy Blumkin, the cofounder of Art N Soul, has graciously chosen Kids for Peace to be one of their receiving charities for the next three years.  Wow!  Art N Soul is an absolutely charming arts boutique which supports the Artists and the Community, dedicating all profits to local charities.   We can not thank Cindy enough for this very generous tribute to Kids for Peace.  Check it out!!  There are fabulous holiday gifts just waiting for you!!!  633 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas CA
Fall and Winter Peace Pledge Focus
Every two months Kids for Peace focuses on a line from our Peace Pledge.  Please check out our website to get ideas of how you, too, can live by these powerful words.
I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way.
I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day
New Chapters 
Kids for Peace continues to grow and grow!  Below is a list of our newest Kids for Peace chapters.
Unity Center, San Diego
Atlanta, Georgia
Miami, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Cary, North Carolina
Woodstock, Georgia
Balston Spa, New York
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These past months have been full of miracles and magic.  As the leaves begin to change colors, Kids for Peace continues to create joy and goodness all over the world.  We have so much good news to share with you.  Get ready to smile big, because our children are doing amazing things!
On behalf of the entire Kids for Peace Team, thank you for your support in making Kids for Peace all that it has become. 
With Peace and Gratitude,
Jill McManigal
Cofounder and Executive Director
Kids for Peace member Skyler Pinto wins Scholastic's BE BIG in Your Community Contest!
Skyler PintoOut of over 600 entries, Skyler Pinto's BIG IDEA to BE BIG in his community won!!! Inspired by the Great Kindness Challenge and our Peace Pledge, Skyler's BIG IDEA is to make "Kids Care Packs" to bring to children in homeless shelters and hospitals throughout San Diego. Scholastic is awarding Skyler with a $2500 grant to implement his project with all his Kids for Peace friends in the spring. More details soon.  For the full story, click here:
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Jill McManigal wins Bank of America "Local Hero" Award
bank of americaOn October 28th, 2009, Bank of America honored Kids for Peace Founder and Executive Director, Jill McManigal, with a "Local Hero" Award.  Jill was selected out of over 100 nominees for  being a champion for causes in her community and inspiring others to get involved.
The Awards ceremony was held at San Diego's New Children's Museum where Jill was given a $5000 contribution to Kids for Peace. Jill graciously accepted the award on behalf of all the children, families, board members and supporters of Kids for Peace. Thank you Bank of America!!! 
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Kids for Peace Chapter Spotlight: Leucadia Kids for Peace
Leucadia Kids for Peace, led by Delores Loedel and Kristin Butterfield, is a chapter that is focused on service. These big-hearted kids have completed numerous service projects during their almost two years as a chapter. Following are a few of their highlights:
Being Thankful: The children conducted a small bake sale and donated some of their own money and raised $100, enough to feed 60 people at the San Diego Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving. The children discussed all that they have to be THANKFUL for.
Holiday Service Project: The group worked with the Carlsbad Christmas Bureau Adopt a Family Program and adopted a family of six for the holidays. The children wrote notes of peace and love to all the family members and lovingly wrapped all of the packages for delivery to this needy family.
Environment: The group conducted a beach clean-up at Ponto State Beach. The group also recently assisted with the Encinitas Environment Day by manning a booth at the event. The activity at the booth was to take trash and create recycled art pieces including picture frames.
mosquito netsPeace Packs: The children worked with an organization called Just Like My Child Foundation that works directly with children and families in Uganda. The Peace Packs were personally delivered and distributed to children by members of this organization. In addition, a bake sale was conducted to raise money for malaria bed nets for the people in Uganda. Between the bake sale and the sale of necklaces made from recycled paper (made by the women in Uganda), the group raised $1,000, enough to supply 100 bed nets.
Acknowledgement: The group was excited and humbled to receive the 'Best of Show' award in the Community Service category from the San Diego County Fair for their work with the people in Uganda and collaboration with the Just Like My Child Foundation.
World March: The group just worked collaboratively with the organization called The World March for Peace and Nonviolence to raise awareness of this global event. The group participated in the local event that took place at Cottonwood Creek Park in Encinitas, CA on October 18th

Kids for Peace Launches Second Book Contest
wish exampleKids for Peace will be publishing our 2nd hardbound book titled, Wish Big: Children's Wishes for the World.  All children are welcome to participate.  For details, please contact your local Kids for Peace leader or Jill McManigal at
Entries are due by January 15th.
You're invited!
The Kids for Peace Board of Directors is pleased to invite you to join our Legacy Society.  A very special Happy Hour event to learn more about Kids for Peace and to raise funds for our important programs will be held on November 12th at 5:00 PM-7:00 PM at Powerhouse Community Center in Del Mar.  Danielle Gram, our teen cofounder, will fly in from Harvard to present.  It is a not to be missed evening!!!  Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jill at

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