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Peace Pals Exhibit Pöttmes, Germany

Friday, November 23rd, 2018

Pöttmes, is a little town in Swabia, Southern Germany. The town has a wonderful Peace Pole Planted 2015, this serves as a reminder that the locals are aware of the message:
“MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH”.

The World Peace Prayer Society’s Peace Pals International Art Competition will be on display until Christmas in Pöttmes, Germany.

Newspaper article, Peace Pals International Art Exhibit

Translation: “Children make for Peace.” This year children from around the World created what “Living Peace” meant to them in the form of Beautiful Artwork.

The Cultural Representative of the townhall, Baroness Von Herman, saw the World Peace Prayer Society’s 2018 Peace Pals International Art Competition and suggested that an exhibition in the local townhall be inaugurated.

The Baroness recommended for this showing to begin on November 7th. This is the week that Germany celebrates a series of events to remember the end of World War I in 1918.
Baroness Von Herman had already planned a showing of an award winning film regarding a love affair based in 1918 between two enemies of war, France and Germany.

While planning the festivities for this week of rememberance she discovered The World Peace Prayer Society’s 2018 Peace Pals Artwork themed “Living Peace and felt the display would be a perfect fit into the nights events.

WPPS could present the reasons why we have been organizing this Art Competition since 1997 and could read an email by one of the German finalists, 10 year old Aimee Vollmer. Aimee very eloquently pointed out why she painted 2 people holding their hearts.

Aimee Vollmer, Age 10, Finalist Germany

 

The Mayor of Pöttmes, Mr Schindele, pointed out the current conflicts for real Peace and how happy he is about the Twintown relation with La Haye-Pesnel, Normandy.
A twintown relation, twinning or sister city is a way that Europe is unifying and celebrating cultures from various places. The modern concept of town twinning, conceived after the Second World War in 1947, was intended to foster friendship and understanding between different cultures and between former foes as an act of Peace and reconciliation. Per “the Origins of Twinning” Meeting Minutes from Twinning counsel.

Pöttmes gave their French Twintown a Peace Pole two years ago. How fitting to give a symbol of Peace such as a Peace Pole to celebrate a wonderful cause.

Ein Band zwischen den beiden Friedenspfählen knüpften die Bürgermeister Franz Schindele und Alain Navarre

A bond between the two Peace Poles knüpften the  
Mayor Franz Schindele and Alain Navarre

The vernissage received many appreciative comments by the guests and the exhibition can be viewed until Christmas.

 

News and Photographs provided by:

Dagmar Berkenberg of

WPPS Office Europe

Peace Pals International Art Competition Finalist, Thailand

Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Wannarat R, age 15, Finalist 2018

Today’s awards were given out with all fellow classmates of the school in attendance.
Wannarat was all smiles as he accepted his award as a Finalist in this year’s Peace Pals International Art Competition.

Wannarat accepting Peace Pals International award from Director and Trophy from Prime Minister

The Director gave the award from 2018 Peace Pals International and the trophy from the Prime Minister of Thailand in the national drawing contest.

“This is a wonderful day. Thank you very much” was message given by  Wannarat about the Celebration of his Artistic Accomplishments.

Congratulations to Wannarat R. on his achievements, he is a talented young artist with a bright future.

News and photos courtesy of:

Peace Pals International

World Peace Prayer Society

 

Peace Pals International Winner 2017 and 2018, Dubai, UAE

Monday, November 19th, 2018

2017 First Place Winner

Kiara M, from Dubai is a two year winner in our Peace Pals International Art Competition. She is kind, and even donated her Peace Pole to her School for all to enjoy.

News worthy talent.

She is extremely talented, humble and appreciative of the accolades given.

Kiara shows off her 2018 Prize Package.

Kiara is all smiles as she accepts her Prizes, though it is our honor to have her in the competition. She is a very talented young lady with a very bright future.

News credited to Peace Pals International

ARC/Wine and Chocolate Festival with WPPS

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

November 18th& 19th, 2018

The Peace Pole Project at Wine and Chocolate Festival-Arc of Putnam County, NY

Since 1974, The Arc of Putnam County has provided advocacy, individually tailored living environments, meaningful day activities, work training and employment services to enable people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve their full potential and enrich our community.

The Wine and Cheese Festival is an annual fundraiser for the Putnam County Arc Programs.

More than 2,500 people attended over span of the 2-day event

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News and Photographs Courtesy of Annmarie Robustelli

World Peace Prayer Society

World Peace Flag Ceremony at the Burnham School, Washington, Connecticut, USA

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Jim Dugan with the students of the Burnham School

On November 7th, 2018, Jim Dugan of the World Peace Sanctuary in Wassaic, New York, USA, lead a World Peace Flag Ceremony with the students of the Burnham School in Washington, Connecticut.

Jim spoke about the current and future state of our planet, what ties all humans together and thoughts on having a meaningful life in society. Each child then proudly carried a flag from a UN Member State as everyone took a metaphorical trip around our planet and literally shouted “May Peace Prevail on Earth” as loud they could.

In the Spring the Peace Pole in the below photo will be planted on the school grounds with a time capsule inside.

Cathy Colella, the Principle of the Burnham School wrote afterword,
“The World Peace Flag Ceremony was fantastic!  It was emotional, energetic, and enlightening and I still have “happy” tears in my eyes.”

“The flags were amazing, and it was impressive to hear some of our students making connections to specific countries.”

Principle Colella with Jim and the certificate presented to the school stating 10 trees will be planted on the African Continent in the school’s honor

“Our presenter, Jim Dugan, was engaging and inspirational.  He inspired the children to open their minds to the world around them and beyond.  His message of world peace gave hope to all, children and adults, for World Peace in light of our present climate. I could not have asked for a better message to be delivered.”

Cathy went on to say, “As a school community, we wish Peace to all and hope that our little school will continue to send this special message to all we encounter.”
“Laying the foundation of a peaceful world is one of our greatest challenges.”

“Peace always starts in the home, but if we can spread it through our school community and into the lives of others then we have made a difference.”

 

 

News and Photographs courtesy of

Jim Dugan

World Peace Prayer Society

 

 

Peace Pals Prize Finalist is all smiles, Philippines

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Joyce H.

All smiles, Joyce H. of the Philippines, Poses with her Peace Pals Prize Package and Medal. Joyce shows an amazing gift and incredible talent in the artwork she creates. We look forward to what the future holds for this accomplished young lady. Congratulations to Joyce.

Schoolhouse Peace Pole on Monhegan Island, Maine, USA

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

Credit Susan Sharon / MPBN

Though small it’s famous for its peaceful tranquility housing a wildlife sanctuary with more than 500 varieties of wildflowers and 200 species of birds. “It’s a place when you visit nobody seems to be in a hurry”, reports visitmaine.com

Flowers on Rocky terrain, courtesy Visitmaine.com

It is also one of the most Famous Island communities in Maine. Rachel Field once said “if you have slept on an island. You’ll never quite be the same.”

Many famous artists felt the same.

The Island welcomed Rockwell Kent, Robert Henri, A.J Hammond and Edward Hopper. “Much found the quiet Peaceful setting inspirational” as camdenmainevacation.com speaks of their presence in the early 19thcentury.

The Peace Pole stands in front of a one room schoolhouse still used to this day, and enrolling students currently. “The Monhegan Island School is a treasured landmark and has been an educational springboard for generations of islanders.” According to Monheganschool.org

Peace Pole Monhegan Schoolhouse Photo credit Eidams

The school reports, The Monhegan School Mission is to provide a safe environment, which fosters creativity, cooperation, and respect. While exposing each student to diversity, educational and social experiences that connect them to Monhegan Island and to the global community.

“I think every school should have this sign outside.”LISA KRISTOFF/Boothbay Register

A Peace Pole, whose premise is much like the mission of the little school it resides by. A mission to bring people together to live in peaceful harmony, foster respect and embrace diversity throughout the global community.

May Peace Prevail on Monhegan Island

May Peace Prevail on Earth

Center Photograph submitted by:
Becky and Derrick Eidam.

International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

Friday, September 28th, 2018

29 September 2018
International Day of Peace – Tillman Center – Church Chapel at the United Nations

This International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations celebrated 70 years of the International Declaration of Human Rights. In celebration, a day of programs headed by Civil Society, NGOs, community religious and cultural leaders, and international students celebrated the intercultural world they share. A student delegation from China presented art, music, and elements of Earth as calls for peace and sustainability, as relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals. The Presentation included an ode to the memory of Zhou Enlai as his relatives presented calligraphy to Reverend Dionne Boissiere. The event concluded with a World Peace Flag Ceremony as offered by Brandon Perdomo of the World Peace Prayer Society, with Brittany Anjou providing live piano accompaniment.

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Evergreen Montessori Reminds us to live in Peace, San Jose, CA

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Evergreen Montessori Schools Plant Peace Poles as Reminder to Live in Peace San Jose, CA

Sunita Prakash of the Evergreen Montessori School wanted to add a Symbol of Peace to their three campuses. Evergreen is a Montessori School located in San Jose, CA whose Mission states: “We strive to provide the highest quality Montessori education available; emphasizing basic academic disciplines and promoting the development of independence, self- respect, and respect for others.”

On August 10th, 2018 on their Yerba Buena Campus Brittney shares,

“We planted our first Peace Pole at the end of our Summer Session in our Honoring the Light GatheringThis was our first such gathering and the purpose was to reflect on the summer the students spent learning about Peace and how to be a Peace Maker in their community” 

At The Yerba Buena School Campuses Honoring the Light Ceremony, Children all help to bury Peace Pole

We gathered in the afternoon in front of the Yerba Buena school and after a short speech from our school Director, we placed a time capsule in the Peace Pole and planted it in the earth. Each child participated in putting dirt around the base of the pole.

Then the students sang songs of Peace for their parents and teachers.

“It was a wonderful way to end the summer!” Exclaims Brittney.

The students worked hard over the summer to collect money to donate to the World Wildlife Fund and to purchase our Peace Poles. This ceremony helped the staff to say thank you to the students and parents for their hard work.

on September 26that our Aborn School

Aborn Campus of EMS System gather around new Peace Pole

September 27that our Fowler location.

The Fowler School Campus, part of EMS gather to sing Peace Songs

At both locations the Teachers revealed The Peace Poles for the students and parents while reading the four languages chosen and placing time capsules before the Children helped to bury them.

Thank you to the World Peace Prayer Society, for sending such beautiful Peace Poles for our Schools to help remind our students, staff and parents to live in Peace.

Photographs and News credited to Brittney Skipper,

Evergreen Montessori Schools

San Jose, California

The Great Middle Way Buddhist Association plants Peace Pole in honor of IDP in Crestone, CO USA

Monday, September 24th, 2018

Jack planting the Peace Pole as the sun shines down on IDP celebration

Jack Salamone, member of the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, spearheaded the planning and planting of a Peace Pole at what is to be the sight for the Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage in Crestone, Colorado.

Jack states “Our group is called the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association, We practice in the Great Middle Way tradition of the Jonang Lineage.”

 

from left to right… Colleen, Francis, Wendy, Leticia, Laura, Julie, Paul, Tashi, Kristine (my wife), Jack, Sri, Prema and Dan.

Currently Jack shares he is “helping to raise money to build the The Great Middle Way Mountain Hermitage. This will be a vegan, low cost and multi-sectarian Buddhist center intended to provide a place to practice contemplation and solitude away from large urban centers in a quiet natural setting.”

You can find more about the Great Middle Way Buddhist Association at https://greatmiddleway.wordpress.com/

Mr Salamone and his associates expressed gratitude in being able to work with the World Peace Prayer Society, as he believes,

“We hold the same views regarding the supremacy of peace and non-violence as a non-sectarian approach to living”.

The “mani” stones placed around the base of the pole are inscribed with the
mantra “om mani peme hum” which represents the union of wisdom and compassion.