East Clinton High School ninth-grade English teacher Sarah Sodini was presented a Proclamation of Gratitude by the four Rotarian Action Group for Peace members living and working in Wilmington.
Sodini was honored for her work in the classroom teaching her students how to respect, protect, and promote human rights in their sphere of influence.
In addition, each of her 90 students, received a personal copy of the Illustrated Universal Declaration of Human Rights commissioned by the UN in 2015, and put in pocketbook form by the Empathy Surplus Project.
Rotarian Chuck Watts described how 50 individual Rotarians in 1945, after World War II, met in San Francisco, California, and helped write the United Nations Charter.
“My students, who are currently studying ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and ‘Hunger Games’, found this introduction to human rights a positive experience,” said Sodini. “I hope to do it again next year.”
Promoting peace and supporting education are two of six human rights causes promoted by Rotary International.
Other financial sponsors, buying pocketbooks, include Alliance for Compassion and Truth, Keith Calendine, Fiesta Veracruz Restaurant, Keith and Jeanette Gerritz, Butch Hooper, Jen’s Deli, Kathy Kral, John and Alice Lundblad, William and Alice Martin, Larry Shanholtz, Springfield Friends Meeting, Patricia Thomas, Shirley and Bob Webb, and Samantha Whisenhunt.