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
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 MacGillivray 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 Activistsby Janet Wilson
This beautiful book, written and illustrated by Janet Wilson, celebrates the
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
The 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
At 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.
|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
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
Blank Greeting Cards
Package of 10 for $5.00
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