December 2008
Issue 5
Peace Signs
monthly e-newsletter from Peaceful Schools International
In This Issue
Caring Communities
Listen to the Children
One Peace
Chalk for Peace
Little Red Wagon
Human Rights Day
PSI Grows in Pakistan
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Canada Helps
Donate to PSI

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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Caring Communities: Ideas for your school
Each month, PSI sends
out an idea for a school-wide initiative to its member schools. The ideas usually center around a special day or a theme associated with that month. Last year, in December, we encouraged our members to think about giving back to their communities.Here are some ideas.
Listen to the Children: A Journey of Sharing
A documentary by Logan MacGillivray
Theme song written and performed by
Terry Kelly
This 8 min. film was made by 10 year-old Logan bubbleMacGillivray who spearheaded sending a 40
foot shipping container filled with educational, building and recreational materials to refurbish seven schools and build a community resource centre for students and teachers at the cdpeace headquarters at Mayagba, Sierra Leone. For more info:
Listen to the Children
To purchase a copy: PSI Store
One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists
by Janet Wilson bubble                    
This beautiful book, written and illustrated by Janet Wilson, celebrates the power of one-what one young person can do. Specifically it relates the accomplishments of children from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace. Janet's website
To order: One Peace
Chalk for Peace
Chalk for Peace2The students at Prince St. School in Charlottetown, PSI spent a warm, sunny, October afternoon on the playground the playground working together to create pictures and words expressing their wishes  for peace.
Here are some additional ideas... Peace Day Ideas
A Little Inspiration: Little Red Wagon
wagonAt Basinview Community School in Bedford, Nova Scotia, the staff has adopted the Margaret Katter's "Little Red Wagon" philosophy to supporting one another:
Some days we skip along, pulling our wagons with great confidence-so full of energy that the loads seems light. Some days the load seems heavy and we need someone to help us pull our wagons over the bumps in the road. Some days we are just tired. We sit in our wagons and let someone else pull us along for a while. And some days it's kind of nice to share our little red wagons with a friend. As you think about yesterday, and make plans for tomorrow, keep in mind that there will be times when you can help pull someone's little red wagon for a while. After all, helping to pull each other's little red wagon is what makes it possible to face the challenges the day brings.
       --Margaret Katter

Human Rights Day - December 10
December 10, 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The theme for this year is "Dignity and justice for all of us." 

FREE Human Rights curriculum documents
for grades 6, 8, 12 in English and French
PSI Grows in Pakistan
Nadeem Muhammad Nadeem Ghazi, PSI Regional Coordinator in Karachi, Pakistan recently conducted a workshop to introduce PSI to teachers at the Pak Progressive School at Kharadar.  The monthly ideas and the "Goodwill Sandwich" concept were especially well received. THANK YOU Nadeem!
Children's Peace Treaty
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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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