CITIZENSHIP COUNTS wrote -
Citizenship Counts’ Board Member Diane Eckstein and her husband John are passionate and proud American citizens. In 2012, they will be journeying from coast to coast – walking and biking 3,500 miles – to promote engaged citizenship and to promote awareness of the naturalization process. The inspirations for their journey across America are Gerda Weissmann Klein’s life and the work of Citizenship Counts, the organization Gerda founded as her way of giving back to the country that saved her life and enabled her to build a future.
Beginning in January of 2012, John will walk and bike across the United States of America – from San Diego to New York City. Diane and their dog, Kipp, will accompany John on this 3,500 mile trek. The mission of the Journey is to raise awareness of the Citizenship Counts program and to raise $3.5 million that will be used to expand the program throughout the United States. The Ecksteins will cover all personal travel-related expenses. Any and all donations, including sponsorships, will directly support Citizenship Counts’ efforts to create an interactive educational experience that encourages students to celebrate citizenship and engage in their communities.
Citizenship Counts is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to educate today’s youth on the tenets of citizenship, encourage them to appreciate their rights and responsibilities as Americans, and give them an opportunity to celebrate citizenship by hosting a naturalization ceremony or participating in a service learning project. For more information, please visit http://citizenshipcounts.org.