From Douglas County District News:
Ponderosa High School’s PeaceJam club will be the first recipient of the PeaceJam Hero Award and will be receiving a visit from Nobel Peace Laureate and native-rights activist Rigoberta Menchú Tum on November 17, 2009. The Ponderosa PeaceJam club was chosen for its work in promoting the mission of PeaceJam: to create positive change in themselves, their communities and the world through the inspiration of Nobel Peace Laureates.
Menchú Tum will be visiting Denver for the first annual PeaceJam Hero Awards Luncheon, to be held on November 18. This event will honor several outstanding PeaceJam supporters, but will also include the award given for the first ever PeaceJam Global Call to Action Challenge.
The annual Global Call to Action award, sponsored by the Pearson Foundation, encourages youth of all ages from across the globe to submit videos or written pieces on their Global Call to Action projects that capture their group’s impact and show the world what they have done to create positive change. The grand prize for this challenge is a daylong visit from Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchú Tum and an award presented by this prestigious hero in front of 800 people at PeaceJam’s Hero Award’s luncheon.
“The students at Ponderosa High School show the power that young people have to improve their schools, their communities, and the world,” said Dawn Engle, PeaceJam co-founder, in a press release. “Their efforts demonstrate that the spirit and commitment of the Nobel Peace Prize winners who support PeaceJam’s mission are universal, and that – no matter what the age – each and every one of us can make an important difference.”