Peace effort connects local students with peers in Afghanistan

I would like to congratulate some students from Cannon Falls Junior High School on being nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

The U.S.-Afghan Cultural Connect Program was spearheaded in Dennison by Dina Fesler. This program culminated in the Cannon Falls Junior High School and has been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize. The program allowed some junior high school students to interact with Afghan students and found the youth to be hungry to learn about the United States and the world.

Our granddaughter, Olivia Anderson, and her classmate Vanessa Peer are stars in one of the more popular videos used in the project to educate Afghan students and overcome brainwashing taught to Afghan youth about the U.S. and the rest of the world. A local group, "String Peace," has spun out of the program.

"Getting educational information into the hands of youth both here and in Afghanistan is more powerful than any structured forgeign policy or military strategt in breaking down cultural barriers," said Dina Fesler.

Olivia, Vanessa and other students, at age 12 (now 13) are full of the energy and hope needed to make this world a better place. They are perfect candidates to lead the charge to change the world.


It is exciting to know our young people have hope in the future and believe they can make a difference.

LaVonne and Roland Holthe

Red Wing

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