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.
William was graciously invited to speak about Any Refugee with a local think tank at the University of Alaska Anchorage where the topic of the day was Anchorage’s refugee community. He was well received and many people from different agencies and organizations approached William afterward to network and get contact information to share with people they know across the state. William is ready for more postcards and Outreach events like this.
If you, like representatives from Catholic Social Services and the Anchorage School District, are interested in participating…please do. Share Any Refugee with your friends, family, community. Invite William to speak at your school, business or organization. We are one big community and love for our fellow man transcends language barriers.
This was most of the crowd that attended the think tank (William is located at the lower left-hand corner of the picture-eagerly awaiting his introduction). There were some more people sitting with William, but they were accidentally left out.
During the question and answer time. He was asked really good questions about Any Refugee’s origins, current participants and why William believes in his project so much. He answered them with ease and a charmed tone (his words, not mine).
Thank you to Catholic Social Services and the organizers of the meeting for inviting William to speak. It made his day and he looks forward to putting his new contacts to use.
William’s Mom (with William’s permission)
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.
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!
When I talk to people in need, they tell me they want to hope; they are eager for opportunity; they are ready for better days. And I can tell you that every time their hopes are disappointed, all nations lose.
-Abdallah II of Jordan
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!