Thursday, February 26, 2009

Michael's Mile-a-thon

Please joining me on this 3,000 mile journey to inspire over 10,000 children and plant 1,000 trees by sponsoring a portion of it at $1 a mile. EVERY DONATION HELPS.

Dear friends,
I am writing for your help in keeping a powerful environmental education project alive that has brought hope, inspiration, and orchards of local organic fruit to low-income schools across California. For the last 7 years I have been working as the Director of Education for Common Vision. I have poured my heart into the all-volunteer-run Fruit Tree Tour project because I have seen the impact that program had and I would be honored and grateful if you would consider giving what you can to help the project continue its service in these challenged times. This year, more schools than ever need scholarships to make the program possible. Scroll down learn more about the project and to make a small or large tax-deductible donation for the Fruit Tree Tour Mile-A-Thon.

For 6 years we have run the project Fruit Tree Tour which has impacted over 45,000 students, planted 3,500 fruit trees, and worked with over 175 schools and community organizations. The tour brings 25-all-volunteer educators and performing artists for 3 months in a vegetable-oil powered bus caravan to low-income schools and communities across California. Through a theatre piece that includes a live band, eco-hip-hop, larger-than-life puppets, and creative storytelling we inspire the students to make positive changes in their own communities. In all-day workshops, students work together to transform their schoolyard into an urban orchard, play drums together, and write & perform their own hip-hop rhymes about changes they wish to see.

Check out NPR's story on Fruit Tree Tour:

For $25 you can dedicate a fruit tree planting at a school in someone's honor.
Also the Fruit Tree Tour Mile-A-Thon fundraiser enables you to give on many different levels. You can sponsor as many of the 3,000 miles we travel each year for only $1 a mile. The tour is definitely feeling the financial problems of the world so anything helps. Thank you!!

All checks can be mailed to: Common Vision / IHC
860 Via de la Paz ~ Suite B1, Pacific Palisades CA 90272

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