The international Adopt-A-Minefield organization presented Hinkley High School teacher Christine Sundberg and her students with an Award of Special Recognition. This award recognizes them for their extensive fundraising activities to clear landmines in Mozambique.
Sundberg has spent most of her life helping others. She has a genuine love for young people and is devoted not only to her students at Hinkley but to youth all over the world.
Motivating youth to work for world peace is her passion. Under Sundberg's leadership, students in the International Baccalaureate program organized the Landmine Task Force that has raised more than $16,000 to clear minefields in Mozambique.
Sundberg and her students have adopted two minefields in the past two years. They have raised funds this year to contribute to the adoption of a third minefield in Mozambique through the Adopt-A-Minefield-Colorado Initiative, a program of the United Nations Association-USA, Colorado Division. Sundberg and two IB students traveled to Mozambique in 2004 to clear a minefield.
Because of her commitment to humanitarian efforts, the National Education Association also honored Sundberg with the Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award. This award is presented to individuals whose activities in education contribute to international understanding and motivate youth to work for world peace.
Sundberg will also add the Dr. John and Gladys Bates Human Relations Award to her mantel. This award recognizes individuals or groups for outstanding contributions in the area of human relations, multiculturalism and diversity in the field of education.
"Winning these awards is not about anything I've done. It is all about my students. Every student I've ever been involved with has a piece of them. I provide the framework and the students fill it in and make it a beautiful picture," Sundberg said.
The Landmine Task Force will hold a fundraising luau on Friday, April 7, at 7 p.m. at Aurora Hills Middle School, 1009 S.Uvalda St.
For more information, contact Dianne Lewis at 303-344-8060, ext. 28015.