Peace Signs
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December 2010
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Students and staff at PSI member school J.L. Jordan Catholic School in Brockville, Ontario, Canada, raise their PSI flag on November 24, 2010.

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Donate to PSI and give a gift of peace

This year, why not give a gift of peace by donating to Peaceful Schools International? Each donation made to PSI supports our work with schools around the world. These are gifts that not only make
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DONATE NOW FOR PEACE (don't forget, you will get a charitable donation receipt for 2010 if you donate before December 31.

Donating to PSI or raising funds for our work is an important way that you can help to support building peace, not just at home, but in schools around the world. Many of the schools and teachers we work with, especially those in developing countries, receive little or no funding or other resources. PSI is committed to working with all organizationsboy signing no name calling pledge that want to make a commitment to peace, regardless of ability to pay. Fundraising is essential to all of PSI's work and supports our activities all over the world, allowing us to provide all member schools with recognition, support, training, materials, and other resources. If you would like to fundraise for PSI, please see Fundraise for PSI for more information.
PSI Members share their stories:
Kingslake School

Over the coming weeks, PSI will share a series of stories and testimonials from PSI member schools about the impact we are having around the world. Stories will be posted on our website and Facebook page, and shared in this newsletter.

Thanks to the staff at Kingslake P.S. in North York, Ontario, Canada, for sharing this story with us.

Kingslake peace symbol in the snow"Our membership in PSI has provided us with an important school-wide focus, bringing together staff and students towards a common goal. In the beginning, we undertook initiatives within our school to promote a culture of peace. PSI newsletters, emails and their website gave us an abundance of ideas and sparked our own thinking.

Read the full story about Kingslake . . .

Want to see your school featured in this space? Please contact us to submit your story!
Free Resource: Golden Rule Curriculum

Golden ruleScarboro Missions has just announced the publication of one of the most comprehensive Golden Rule curricula ever produced in history. Using the logic of circles, rules, moral modeling and the Golden Rule, this curriculum unit inspires and supports young people to become global citizens rooted in the Golden Rule.

The students' learning experience is enriched through drama, art, music, group reflection, journaling and rap. The curriculum can be used in public schools, religious schools and youth organizations. This curriculum unit boasts a wealth of resources, websites, and Internet Links relevant to the subject matter. The curriculum is geared towards an international audience.

To view or download the curriculum free of charge, click here:
PSI Member Survey - Thank You!

Thanks to all members who responded to our PSI member survey! We hope to share the results with you in the New Year.

Richland Academy takes a Vow of Silence

Submitted by Lisa Abreu, Richland Academy

Silence was heard throughout Richland Academy on Thursday, November 18th, as students, staff and faculty participated in their second Vow of Silence event, supporting children's well-being worldwide. Each year, youth around the world "pledge to stay silent for up to 24 hours to support children who are silenced by the denial of their basic rights." During the hour of silence, students worked in complete silence with no speaking, no emailing, and no note-writing. As member of Peaceful Schools International, Richland will continue to build awareness about the lives of other children around the world.

Read more about Richland Academy's Vow of Silence

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Free Resource: Singing for Peace

Musical group Clearing by Noon has generously made all the songs from one of their albums, Singing for Peace, available for free! The album is available for download from the PSI website,

Songs included on the album are:Singing for peace
Peace Call
People of the World
Universal Soldier
Annie Perry Campbell
The Magic Key
When I Get Mad
Dona Nobis Pacem
Johnny I Hardly Knew You
Where Have all the Flowers Gone
It's Time to Study Peace
Your Flag Decal Won't Get You into Heaven Anymore
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream

While the songs are available free of charge, please consider making a donation in support of PSI in exchange for the songs.

PSI Product Spotlight: Creating Caring Schools
Creating Caring Schools: Peace-promoting activities for all seasons by Hetty van Gurp
Creating Caring Schools
This book is for elementary and secondary teachers and administrators. It is jam-packed with over 30 practical school-wide initiatives with many variations; CD and sheet music for the original song "The Right Thing to Do" and a full index cross-listing themes and types of project.

Examples of ideas included in the book:
- Gossip Free Day
- Peace Feast
- Kites for Peace
- Random Acts of Kindness

Price: $20.00 (plus shipping)

You can order this product online, or to see all the PSI products available, visit our 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 a respected and innovative source of support for over 320 schools in 17 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.

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