One Million Bones

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Submitted/Pictured from left are student teacher Joanna Cook (top, left),teacher Cheryl Cottelli (center row, left), Wendy Montecalvo (top, right) and project representative Olivia Natale (center row, right) along with students from Cotttelli's 5th grade class with the bones they made for the 1,000,000 Bones project. Submitted/Pictured from left are student teacher Joanna Cook (top, left),teacher Cheryl Cottelli (center row, left), Wendy Montecalvo (top, right) and project representative Olivia Natale (center row, right) along with students from Cotttelli's 5th grade class with the bones they made for the 1,000,000 Bones project.

Why is Cheryl Cottelli’s 5th grade class making bones? They are making bones for people who suffered from the genocides going on today in Burma, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Genocide is a deliberate and planned killing of people because of differences such as religion or skin tone.

The class made paper mache’ bones and painted them to look like bones. For every bone that is made, $1 will be donated to the people who have suffered or died from genocides. Once they make 1,000,000 bones they will make $1,000,000.

One Million Bones is a large group of people that formed to raise awareness and funds for the millions of victims and survivors of genocides going on today. In the spring in 2013, they will take 1,000,000 handmade bones and put them on the National Mall in Washington D.C. as a reminder of the millions of people who have died and suffered. They are trying to spread awareness of the ongoing genocides.

Naomi Natale is the coordinator for One Million Bones. Olivia Natale, her sister, is the coordinator for New Jersey and was a guest speaker in Cottelli’s class. She explained that we are making bones to show that we are all the same on the inside. So far, the downstairs C-Wing, with the help of art teachers Wendy Montecalvo and Joanna Cook, have made 134 bones!

See www.onemillionbones.org.


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