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Sri Lankan Students Given School Supplies Audio Download for Radio Wills Point, Tex., March 11, 2016 | Christian News Service | – Responding to requests for help, Compassion Services Teams supported by Gospel for Asia (GFA) recently visited poor areas in Sri Lanka to supply school children with book bags filled with school supplies and other items needed to continue their education.  They also helped equip a particular school with much-needed musical instruments and sports equipment that will help take its teaching to a new level. “Throughout the world, impoverished children face life without hope and without opportunity,” said K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director of Gospel for Asia. “By the grace of God, we are able to help some of those precious children by providing them the means to a better life.” Responding to a need raised by a concerned citizen, a GFA-supported Compassion Services Team visited a school in southern Sri Lanka to provide classroom supplies, which included school bags, pens and pencils, a ruler, eraser, pencil box, water bottle and lunchbox to more than 150 students. In addition, the team also provided sports equipment and band instruments.   In northern Sri Lanka, a Compassion Services Team responded to a call from a school principal asking for supplies for his students. A new school is being built in the area, which is still struggling to recover from the 2004 tsunami.  The team supplied more than 160 students with gift packs filled with classroom supplies. One teacher said, “We never expected such help. Thank you so much!” “Christ’s special love for children is found all over Scripture,” said Yohannan. “It is our privilege as His followers to extend that same love and compassion to the suffering children around us wherever we find them. Nothing provides a brighter future more than education.” When vulnerable children can’t go to school they face even greater threats. This is a reason millions find themselves discarded, orphaned, abused or sold into bonded labor. To assist them, GFA sponsors a variety of initiatives, as well as operates homes for runaway and abandoned children. “Caring for vulnerable children is a top priority of our ministry and everyone we support,” said Dr. K.P. Yohannan. For more information, go to http://www.gfa.org/ministries/abandoned-children/. ### GOSPEL FOR ASIA has – for more than 30 years – provided humanitarian assistance and spiritual hope to millions across South Asia, especially among those who…
The Grateful American Book Prizewww.historybookprize.com WASHINGTON, DC, Feb. 10, 2016 | Christian News Service | – The new Broadway show, Hamilton, is a history lesson put to music and a “perfect example” of how teachers can use out-of-the-classroom resources to engage their students in school, according to award-winning educator Neme Alperstein. Alperstein has nearly 30 years of teaching experience, and numerous honors for her work with gifted and talented students in New York City’s Public School system.  She is also a staunch advocate of using extra-curricular activities to “fire up” young learners, particularly when it comes to putting history lessons into an absorbing context. “What better example is there than the new Broadway show, Hamilton, written in rap and hip hop style?  The story alone is compelling, and teachers who find an interesting story in any historical period can make history enchanting,” she says.  Few will dispute the notion that history lessons can be boring, particularly for middle school students.  Nor will they disagree that history lessons are important. “For young learners, history class should make them curious as to why an event or a personality from the past impacts their lives.  A story of the past offers a context in which to place events of the present and future that illuminate and further understanding.” Alperstein says a musical such as Hamilton is not the only means of motivating youngsters; teachers have numerous opportunities as well. “The Library of Congress [www.loc.gov/teachers] has a huge online presence with resources to support research with the touch of keyboard.  The Teaching With Primary Sources Teachers Network [www.tpsteachersnetwork.org] is another excellent and free resource.  In addition, art museums and local historical societies are also wonderful sources of historical context.” One of the simplest and most immediate ways of getting the attention of students might be to assign the class to read “a good page-turner of a book,” a work of historically accurate fiction or nonfiction that can absorb him or her, according to Alperstein.  She was recently selected to sit on the Panel of Judges for the 2016 Grateful American Book Prize, which encourages authors and publishers to produce such works for young learners. “The Prize,” she explains, “is a powerful invitation for new and established authors to step back in time and relate with historical accuracy an adventure.  Aspiring authors can reimagine the impact of events on characters through fictional accounts, or reveal…
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