Author: William Scannell

Hi.  When I started Any Refugee at the beginning of 4th grade, I never guessed that it would turn into a big worldwide thing. The Jesuit Refugee Service made it possible for postcards to be delivered to refugees all over the world.  This is a picture of some kids in Kounoungu Camp in Eastern Chad that serves refugees from the Darfur region of Sudan. They are looking at the postcards they received!

People from all over the world have made postcards of hope. I talk to groups via Skype all the time and I would be happy to talk to yours, too, Just write me and I will help! Here are some kids in Ohio making cards:

And me?  I’m in 7th grade now.

I still live in Alaska, and I still care about refugees.

IMG_2593The US State Department wrote a very nice story about Any Refugee.  Thank you!  Keep the post cards coming!

The photo on the left is of some kids in Byblos, Lebanon reading the cards you sent!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Untitled 4Today I had a Facetime with a school in Kamloops, British Columbia. It lasted about a half an hour. All of the people on the other end of the call were very nice and earnestly listening.

We talked about their postcards, and they asked me about mine, and how the whole Any Refugee project started. And, at the end of the call, the entire class held up their postcards for me to see. The postcards they had made were every nice, fully colored in with colored pencil, and behind that, a neat pattern.

It was a very cool little chat that the 15-20 students had with me. The teacher and students asked good and thorough questions. Overall, the call was very respectful and calm, although my camera was frozen and glitchy.

It’s a new school year. We have a school to go to, but millions of Syrian kids don’t. Please, send a message of hope and let someone know they are not alone.

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This afternoon my dad drove me over to Catholic Social Services so I could deliver the first batch of postcards.  KTUU was there, too!  We only had school three days this week so there weren’t many that were done, but my mom wrapped them with a red ribbon and I gave them to Susan Bomalaski, who will get them to refugee kids who have been resettled here in Alaska.  Good things start small!  You can see some of the finished cards here.

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KTVA came to PNA yesterday and did an awesome report on Any Refugee.  Thank you for coming, Ms Maxwell!

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If Einstein was a refugee we could be pone, too.

 

Today was a great day.  I spoke to the 7th and 8th grade class in the morning and then the 1st and the 4th graders in the afternoon.  Every student at PNA will be painting an Any Refugee postcard.

Tomorrow is the first day of Any Refugee. Kids at my school will be painting and writing postcards in art class. I’ll post pictures!

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Would you like William Scannell or someone from Jesuit Refugee Service to speak to your school or group about refugees and what you can do to help? Write us!

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