Thank you to everyone who made the Minneapolis Sister Cities Day 2013 a success! A special thanks to our volunteers from Target*Northtown who made it a special day for all the kids who attended.
Minneapolis Sister Cities Day is an annual event presenting the cultures of Minneapolis’ 10 Sister Cities, including Najaf, Iraq. IARP and Target hosted a kids activities area at the event with a beanbag toss, cakewalk Arabic-style, a soccer tournament, and other fun activities.
See photos from the day below:
A message from the 3rd and 4th grade classes at Summers-Knoll School in Michigan:
By Brady Ryan, IARP Intern
A group of senior citizens from Burnsville, MN recently wrote group and individual letters to children in Iraq. These senior citizens have begun person-to-person communication between Americans and Iraqis and are seeking peaceful reconciliation.
Letter writers shared memories, beliefs, and hopes. One collective letter recalled memories from participants’ youth, writing, “When we were children, we played hide and seek, teeter-totters, ‘Annie Annie Over,’ hopscotch, and leap frog.” The group also shared the American custom of the birthday, “We usually celebrate with cake and candles. How do you celebrate birthdays?” All writers expressed wishes for peace between and in Iraq and America.
Students at Perpich Center Arts High School in Minneapolis, USA recently created postcards to send to students in Iraq as part of their “Women and Water” project. The students also wrote messages on the backs of the postcards. Below is a sample of what will be sent to Iraq.
If your school would like to be involved in the Iraqi Art Project, please contact us.