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Student and teacher to visit the Dalai Lama

Student and teacher to visit the Dalai Lama

Posted on 10/30/2019

Edmonds-Woodway High School Student Kaylee Meyers and Scriber Lake High School Teacher Marjie Bowker have been chosen to be a part of a Washington State delegation to visit Dharamshala, India to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama and see the city at the beginning of November.

A live-stream of the meeting will be held at the Edmonds Center for the Arts at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

Kaylee is a passionate student who has already put her desire to increase compassion towards work that has won her a literary gem award in the YES! Magazine national essay contest. Her compassion project focuses on increasing communication between schools in order to foster collaborative projects where teachers and students give talks about their insights and perspectives on compassion.

Marjie has been a part of the Cultures of Compassion group for the past year. The group has been brainstorming ways to carry out a promise by the Dalai Lama to have three meetings with the people of Edmonds over the next year (based on a visit from an Edmonds coalition last year). The group’s main focus has been to encourage compassionate work in the youth of Washington state. Cultures of Compassion handed the project over to the Lieutenant Governor in the spring, and then the Washington Governors got involved. Jeff Stone and Marjie collaborated to make the application, which was sent to students the last week of school in June. Marjie helped sort through 161 applications over the summer, fifteen students were interviewed, and five were selected. All students were asked to imagine compassion projects that would affect their communities. Marjie was recently notified that she was chosen as the teacher chaperone because of her work on the project as well as her work with the Scriber writing project.

Congratulations to Kaylee and Marjie!