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Teaching peace

November 4, 2010 02:36 PM

By Rita Pihra-Majurinen 


At Leif Ericson Day School, a Lutheran school in Brooklyn, themes of peace and nonviolence are taught throughout the year. And for the past five years, the student body and staff, preschool through eighth grade, have commemorated the International Day of Peace on September 21. “We are a school deeply committed to its mission, vision, and values,” said Principal Christine Hauge. “One of the values we uphold is justice, and there can be no peace without justice.” 
LEDSplantingpinwheelsNumerous events highlight themes of peace and nonviolence during the week of Peace Day. The entire school community stamps their brightly painted thumbs on two “Peace Poles” as a visual recommitment to practice peace and proclaim nonviolence. The colorful poles, bearing over 200 thumbprints, are topped by streamers proclaiming, “May peace prevail on earth” in over 45 languages. Dedicated during a weekly morning time of prayer and worship, the Peace Poles remain on display for the school year. On the Wednesday nearest to Peace Day, the school day ends with a public ceremony held outside in the courtyard. Each teacher reads a section of the “School Pledge of Nonviolence,” and class representatives share messages of peace. Led by student singers and musicians, voices raise in songs of peace as over 200 “Pinwheels for Peace” are planted in the school garden, joining over three million pinwheels spinning for peace in locations throughout the world.


The day culminates with friends and family from the surrounding community enjoying a “Culture Fest” meal—ethnic foods prepared by school families—and an evening worship service calling for peace within ourselves, with each other, and throughout the world. Individuals and families are encouraged to take the “Pledge of Nonviolence” and tie ribbons on the school’s fence, reminding all who pass them to strive for peace and nonviolence each day.




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