August 18, 2022

They’re Collecting Pennies for Peace

Left to right are Heidi Samuelson, Katie Wright, Leslie Strauss, Tom Marsh, Sherrie Coleman, Rachel Ryan, Nicole Dolan .

Tri-town area businesses and stores are collecting pennies for the next two months to benefit the Pennies for Peace program of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute established by Greg Mortensen, author of “Three Cups of Tea.”

The book, and its two editions for younger readers, is the subject of Tri-Town Youth Services’ Community Read this summer. Pennies for Peace was initiated to teach children the rewards of working together to bring hope and educational opportunities to children in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where one penny buys a pencil.

Shown in the photo, left to right, are Chester businesspeople Heidi Samuelson, New Alliance Bank; Katie Wright, Hammered Edge Gallery; Leslie Strauss, Century 21; Tom Marsh, Chester First Selectman; Sherrie Coleman, eo Art Lab; and Rachel Ryan, Rachel Ryan’s Fitness; with Nicole Dolan of Tri-Town Youth Services. More information about the community read is at