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Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:39 pm | Updated: 1:47 pm, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

What One Thing Do You Want More Than Anything Else?

While traveling the world during a semester abroad program, Adam Braun asked people, "If you could have anything in the world, what would you ask for?" He wanted to get to know individuals better and thought that such an open-ended question would be a good conversation starter. When a poor boy in India told Braun that he wanted a pencil, Braun was shocked. Not a Nintendo? Not a fancy car? Not even a hot meal? No, the boy wanted a pencil.

Braun soon found that people around the world are desperate for an education. They want pencils, paper and teachers. There are governments eager to educate their people but they lack the necessary resources. Beginning with a $25 deposit, Braun founded Pencils of Promise and the organization has now completed over 200 schools in southeast Asia and Latin America.

The Promise of a Pencil chronicles the birth of a dynamic movement to make a difference in the world, one school at a time.

Author Adam Braun, the founder of Pencils of Promise, will give a book talk and sign copies of "The Promise of a Pencil" on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at St. Louis Country Library headquarters.

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