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Kids for Peace Newsletter
Good NewsWinter 2011
In This Issue
Grandfriends Project
Join Our Board of Directors
Our Sponsors
New Chapters
Legacy Society Gratitude
Website Winner
Glendale Chapter Spotlight
Kids Korner
Save the Date...BIG Party!!!!

Grandfriends Project Launched

 Giving Love and Gaining Wisdom from our Elders


Kids for Peace launched our Grandfriends Project at the 1st Annual Day of Giving Back hosted by Life Technologies in Carlsbad.  Felt hearts were hand-sewn with love by community members and delivered by our kids to local seniors.  BIG LOVE was felt by both young and old.  This is just the beginning of many more activities to honor our elders and tap into their wisdom.

Grandfriends project hearts
grandfriends NWL

New World Leadership Children's Academy delivered the love.

Grandfriends Niko

Looking for a 

Few Good 

Board Members 

Kids for Peace 

Board of Directors 

has openings for a few 

big-hearted and bold visionaries.

Do you believe in our mission?  Does our Peace Pledge inspire you to take action?  Do you want to help Kids for Peace grow and thrive worldwide?  

We are looking for dynamic, dedicated, compassionate and caring people to join our fun-loving, passionate, vibrant and  hard-working board of directors. 


You must live in the San Diego area.  We are specifically looking for expertise in the areas of finance, marketing, resource development and  board development.  Previous board experience is a bonus. 


Interested?  Please contact Jill at 760-730-3320 or

Check out our current board.

Our Sponsors
We are thrilled to thank our sponsors.  Their generosity makes a HUGE difference to our children.
Thank you!  Thank you!
 The Code Crew logo

Southwest Airlines

Hasbro logo

Hay House Logo

SAIC Logo 

Kind Bars Logo


Jimbos Logo


 Art N Soul

It's a Luv Thing Logo 
New Chapters 
Kids for Peace continues to grow and grow!  Below is a list of our newest Kids for Peace chapters.
  • Let's Love Peace (Anitigonish, Nova Scotia)
  • Rochester (MN)
  • Freeport (MA)
  • Back to Society  (Philidelphia, PA)
  • Now and Zen (Schuyllkill Haven, PA)
  • North Jersey  (Montclair, NJ)
  • The Woodlands (Woodlands, TX)
  • Middle East Friends (Palestine)
  • Burkina Faso
Focus of the Month
I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands. 
I pledge to respect people in each and every land.

Thank you 

Legacy Members!!!!

We are so grateful for the ongoing support of our following Legacy Society Members.  Their belief in our mission allows us to continue and expand our important mission.

Peace Ambassador Level
Katrina Goldsmith
Jill McManigal
Janice Walker

Foundation Level
Scott Boras
Cathy Canaday
John and Dawn Gram
Steve Karfaridis
Carol Kennedy
Gloria McManigal
Donna and Glenn Pinto
Kathleen and Jeff Rosenthal
Shari Simon

Learn More About Our Legacy Society

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2011 is off to an extraordinary start.  We are certainly emerging from the dark of the winter into the light of a new day.  Kids for Peace is experiencing our own revolution.  It's a Kindness Revolution!!

Since the beginning of the new year, requests to start a Kids for Peace chapter are at an all time high.  More and more people keep finding Kids for Peace and exclaiming, "You are exactly what we've been looking for."  "I love your mission and vision."  "At last, an organization that let's kids lead the way and create peace for all."  "Thank you Kids for Peace.  You are a dream come true."  We are expanding at record speed.  It is indeed a pivotal and exciting time in our history.

Kids for Peace is all about the kids!  We are so inspired by all they do that we want to highlight one of our incredible youth in each newsletter.  We hope you enjoy our new feature, KIDS KORNER, where kids will share their Kids for Peace experience with you in their own words.

Thank you for your part in elevating Kids for Peace.  Whether you have shared your positive thoughts, joyful wishes, financial resources or volunteer time, it is all cherished and treasured.  Together we will continue to create a world of kindness, love, peace, unity and respect.

Long live the Kindness Revolution!!!

With Peace and Gratitude,

Jill McManigal
Cofounder and Executive Director

Kids for Peace Website Wins Prestigious Award
web award trophy

Congratulations Code Crew    2010 Summit Emerging Media "Innovator Award" Winner!

The Code Crew is an Innovator Award winner in the 2010 Summit Emerging Media Award (Summit EMA) competition for creation of the beautiful new Kids for Peace website.

 "We are pleased to be recognized for our achievements supporting this worthwhile cause, Kids for Peace. Their existing site was in need of a major overhaul visually and functionally. Our goal for the redesign of this web site was to create a space of happiness and joy while informing, educating and encouraging donations with ease, reflecting the growth the group has made since its grassroots beginning six years ago. Their new site makes it easy to learn about Kids for Peace programs, events and news, to start or join a chapter, and to donate on an individual and corporate level. The new site has been a resounding success, with increased traffic and a higher profile for Kids for Peace."

 The Code Crew was formed by three good friends, David Brown, Linda Brown and Brook Paquette, in the summer of 2009. Working independently for many years as a programmer, website/graphic designer and graphic designer/account services respectively, the 'crew' decided that joining forces would be more fun, and provide better service to their clients.

The SIA organization is devoted to furthering excellence in the communications industry. It administers rigorous award competitions throughout the year with the goal of recognizing companies and individuals that excel.  Additional information about the SIA and its competitions is available at

We are thrilled that the Code Crew has been recognized with this prestigious award.  The Code Crew is an absolute joy to work with and couldn't be more deserving.  At every turn they are professional, creative, inspiring, instructive, skillful, encouraging and fun!!  They were vital in helping us clarify our message and further our mission. Thanks to the Code Crew's mastery, Kids for Peace has taken a giant leap forward.  Congratulations Code Crew!!! 

Chapter Spotlight

Glendale Chapter Highlights


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Kids for Peace 

Glendale was formed a year ago by Lynn McGovern-Vaswani and her then five-year old son Seth. They were looking for local organizations where they could do volunteer work and found that there really weren't any that were open to young kids. An Internet search lead them to Kids for Peace and since there were no local chapters in Arizona, they decided to start one!


Over the past year, Kids for Peace Glendale has enrolled over 35 kids and participated in several meaningful events and activities. They have celebrated the Indian festival of Holi, organized a cleanup of the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area (a wildlife restoration project just outside of downtown Phoenix), organized a summer food drive for St. Mary's Food Bank where they gathered enough food and cash donations to provide over 4,000 meals to kids, and participated in the Great Kindness Challenge, performing many acts of kindness such as brining thank you notes and treats to local community heroes such as nurses and firefighters.


Most recently the Chapter completed it's Peace Pack Project for the children of the Havasupai Native American tribe who inhabit a very remote area at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The kids watched a video and then learned a little bit about life for the Havasupai children. The kids then wrote personal notes of friendship and assembled Peace Packs. Chapter families donated $300 to purchase supplies.  This amount, along with donations of messenger bags and supplies from local businesses allowed them to create 60 packs full of: notebooks, notepaper, notepads, pencil cases, pencils, sharpeners, glue sticks, pen and pencil sets, crayons, colored pencils, small toys (jump ropes or balls), hand sanitizer, lotion, gum and personal notes of friendship with the Peace Pledge.


The Havasupai village, famous for the area's beautiful waterfalls is so remote, the only way in or out is by hiking, mule or helicopter. The Peace Packs were delivered via helicopter to the Havasupai children in December along with a very special visit from Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior.


The Glendale Kids for Peace chapter is looking forward to its second year and has plans to participate in an art activity with a local artist, help clean up and renovate a local disadvantage school as well as other exciting and meaningful projects in 2011.

Glendale Kindness Matters
Glendale Kids for Peace show that Kindness Matters as they donate enough cash and food for 4,000 meals to kids in need.
Kids Korner 
~In Their Own Words~

Andrew Moore


Encinitas, California


Age: 13

Chapter: Cardiff Kids for Peace 

Years in Kids for Peace: 4

What's your favorite part of Kids for Peace and why? 

There are so many cool things that I have done with Kids for Peace that picking only one as my favorite is just not an option.  Some of the best were seeing Jane Goodall and giving her the peace award.  That was pretty awesome, and not many people get the opportunity to meet someone like her in person.  The fundraisers that I have helped with are really cool.  I get to  work with other members, meet new people and help kids in other countries.  Working at the Feed America food bank was great, we packaged yams and other food for needy families.  It was interesting to see the warehouse and what goes into sending out the food and they even let me use a pallet jack!


What have you learned in Kids for Peace?  

I learned a lot about refugee families the last few years. I got to visit a Doctor without Borders camp and then share the information with my chapter and tell the other kids about it.  This year for Christmas our chapter bought presents for a local family from Iraq through the International Refugee Committee.


Why is Kids for Peace important?  

Kids for Peace makes an impact on local kids by educating them about the world and what is going on in the moment.  Sometimes when a teacher or adult starts talking about events or places, like Sudan, I can join the conversation because I have interesting things to add from what we have been doing in our chapter. 


What is your wish for the world?

 My wish for the world is that people will stop polluting the ocean, and that poverty disease and world war will disappear.

                    andrew with chapter 

 Save the Date

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