At the east end of the classroom, atop a small, wooden shelf, sits a rather
inconspicuous, wicker box that has earned the trust of every child in our
When a student is reluctant to have a “peace talk” with a friend or have a heart-
to-heart with a teacher, they write their worry on a little strip of paper, drop it
almost reverently into our “peace box,” and quietly resume the day’s activities.
Often, just the simple act of writing down a concern and placing it in this box is
all it takes to give the child a sense of peace. Writing down their troubles is a
way for them to begin healing. It is, in itself, an act of unburdening. But they
also know that their concern will be heard, that their community will listen to
them, and most importantly that their friends will be there to help them find a
peaceful resolution to their problem. They know that on Friday, the Peace Circle
Guide will open the box and voice their concern.
This past year has been filled with various peace promoting exercises from peace-building activities in the classrooms to making blankets and hats for those in need, to joining a worldwide peace art project. Sophia Lyman, our art teacher, began working with the Middle School students on a special project for the Global Art Project for Peace program.
This program pairs up schools from around the world to exchange gifts of peace each year so that there are many gifts of peace being sent to various locations all around the world.
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