October 2008
Issue 3
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
Boys in Pink Launch Website
ABCs of Mental Health
Gossip Free Day
Intenational Conflict Resolution Day
World Food Day
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Canada Helps
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We hope that the ideas in this newsletter will inspire you and also offer practical ideas and tools. Our goal is to share ideas and information that will be helpful as we work together to build a better, more peaceful world.

PSI celebrates peaceful schools around the world.

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The President of the Philippines declared September 2008 as peace building month for the entire country. Imagine if all world leaders followed this example...

From the declaration:
Section 2:  All government offices, non-government organizations, business organizations, civic society and other sectors of society, are hereby enjoined to conduct peace building activities for the month of September 2008, which may be in the form of posting streamers with peace as a theme, film showing, games, seminars, art contests, and the like, to celebrate and promote to the general public the essence of peace and the peace building process and its positive impact in the country.

"Boys in Pink" Launch Website
Travis Price and David Shepherd are well kinown for the stand they took when a grade 9 student in their school was being harassed for wearing a pink shirt on the first day of school.
Since then David and Travis have launched a website where anyone can post a comment or ask a question.
Check it out:  www.forceinpink.ca

Recommended Website:
ABCs of Mental Health

This resource provides teachers and other education professionals with information formatted to be accessible, easy-to-use, and helpful for educators who wish to recognize and identify behaviour that causes them concern. It provides prevention and early intervention strategies to promote learning and mental health, and tips on finding help for childen with mental health problems.

ABCs of Mental Health
October 17 is Gossip Free Day
October 17 has been proclaimed as "Gossip Free Day" by Peaceful Schools International.
To read all about it and get some ideas to help you implement Gossip Free Day in your school, read the attached:
Ideas for Gossip Free Day

International Conflict Resolution Day
Conflict Resolution Day is an international celebration held annually on the third Thursday in October. The date for Conflict Resolution Day 2008 is October 16. Join in and promote conflict resolution in your community!
For ideas and resources, go to:
Association for Conflict Resolution

World Food Day - October 16
World Food Day provides an occasion to highlight the plight of 862 million undernourished people in the world. Most of them live in rural areas where their main source of income is the agricultural sector. Global warming and the bio-fuel boom are now threatening to push the number of hungry even higher in the decades to come. This paper examines those challenges and how they might be handled. 
(Source: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

PSI Has a New Store
You can now order PSI resources on-line and pay using VISA or MASTERCARD.
To visit the new PSI store, go to:
New PSI Store

Peaceful Schools International (PSI) is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides support to schools that have declared a commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of peace.

PSI was founded in 2001 and is now a respected and innovative source of support for over 260 schools in 13 countries.

PSI acts as a catalyst and clearinghouse for innovative ideas aimed at creating a school-wide culture of peace.

We welcome your contributions for future editions of Peace Signs.
Hetty van Gurp, President

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