Archive for the ‘School Campus’ Category

Peace Pals International 2nd Place winner, Kanyanan of Thailand

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

2nd Place Winner of Peace Pals International Art Competition

Kanyanan of Thailand, 2nd Place

Kanyanan J. of Thailand happily posing with her well deserved 17″ Peace Pole Prize. She is a very talented artist and we are fortunate to have her in our competition.

 

News Courtesy of Peace Pals International.

World Peace Prayer Society

www.worldpeace.org

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

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

 

 

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.

Peace Pole Registration- Friends School Mullica Hill, New Jersey-USA

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

As the new owner of a Peace Pole from The Peace Pole Project, I wanted to share information with you about the ceremony surrounding our new Peace Pole.

Head of School, Matthew H Bradley, pointing out the languages on the Peace Pole

Name of Peace Pole Owner- Friends School Mullica Hill
Contact Person- Judith Corona-Karpowicz, Director of Admissions & Advancement.  Email: jcorona@friendsmh.org

Date of Peace Pole Planting: May 1, 2018

Location of Peace Pole- 15 High Street Mullica Hill, NJ 08062.  Outside, in rear  of Hanshi Deshbandhu building.

This is our entire school gathered around our Peace Pole

Peace Pole dedication ceremony was part of an entire morning dedicated to our study of trees for the 2017-18 school year.

We learned about the Peace Pole Project through a Google search.

 

 

Journey to Peace – Palatine, Illinois-USA

Monday, March 12th, 2018

World Peace Begins Within Ourselves
by Sandy Leitner

About eight years ago, I experienced a great deal of loss in a short span of time and my life changed dramatically.  I was feeling lost and anything but peaceful from within.

But it seemed that the Universe was eager to assist me in finding answers. Through a series of coincidences, I enrolled in the School of Metaphysics and quickly began to learn about what it means to be peaceful from within.

Sandy (left) and Aneta Baranek

As my studies progressed, I had the honor and privilege of becoming the Peace Ambassador for my School branch.   Our branch was sorely in need of a new Peace Pole (our organization had collaborated with the World Peace Prayer Society to plant Peace Poles at each of our School branches throughout the United States).

As the Peace Ambassador, it was my responsibility to lead the creation of this new Peace Pole and to engage other students enrolled in the School with this process.  I was determined to make it fun and a great shared experience from which we could all grow and learn.

With the help of the Director at the School, I picked out the wood that we were going to use for the new Peace Pole.  As for our languages, we chose English, Spanish, Persian, and Chinese, simply because of the sheer number of people on the planet that speak them or because we felt that peace was very much needed in the region of the world.

One of the students created stencils so that we could write “May Peace Prevail On Earth” on each of the four sides of the Peace Pole. We purchased a wood burning utensil and, over the next several weeks, the students at our branch were invited to contribute to the creation of the Peace Pole.

As students were engraving the individual letters into the Peace Pole, they were guided to think about what peace means to them, what they can personally do to cultivate peace within themselves in their own lives, and to infuse the Peace Pole with these thoughts.

Aneta Baranek

We also had a book where all who participated could record their peace thoughts.  This added to each student’s mindfulness and connection to the purpose of creating the Peace Pole.

Once all the letters were engraved, it was time to finish with a wood stain and to install a solar cap that would illuminate the Peace Pole at night.   It was now ready to be planted on the lawn in front of the School to be a beacon for peace in our neighborhood!  We held a dedication ceremony to honor the planting of the Peace Pole.

The mindful collaborative effort of all the students was gratifying for each of them, knowing that they were a part of a community that stands for peace.  Each student contributed to creating the Peace Pole and in doing so realized how they could personally bring more peace into their own lives by cultivating an ongoing awareness about what peace means to them and what they need to do daily to bring that about.

Brian Kraichely planting the Peace Pole while his wife, Golbahar Dadyan-Kraichely, and Sandy watch from the stairs.

I personally found the process of completing the Peace Pole extremely gratifying and peace-producing for a multitude of reasons.

First, having all the students involved was a remarkable accomplishment during which I observed how they each evolved as part of the process.

More specifically for me, I feel that I grew exponentially and view myself as a leader now.  I learned the value of asking others for help when needed!  The old pattern of allowing projects to mount up and drain my energy became a thing of the past, which is invaluable to me, adding to my inner-peace and decrease of stress.  I now know myself as someone who completes things no matter how daunting a task may feel!

The Peace Covenant, is a document that was created in a collaborative effort by a group of Doctors and teachers at the School of Metaphysics.

One of the messages within the Covenant that I love most is:
“Peace is first a state of mind. Peace affords the greatest opportunity for growth and learning which leads to personal happiness. Self-direction promotes inner peace and therefore leads to outer peace. We vow to heal ourselves through forgiveness, gratitude, and prayer. We commit to causing each and every day to be a fulfillment of our potential, both human and divine.”

I truly believe that every individual that cultivates a practice for producing peace within themselves daily contributes to the world of like-minded peaceful people and the ripple effects of that could eventually lead to world peace!  It starts with the individual, and radiates out from there, to family, workplace, community and so on.

Let’s all do our part to bring peace to ourselves and others every day and watch our world change for the better.  Begin now and learn first-hand that living peaceably begins by thinking peacefully.

May peace be with us all ways.  May Peace Prevail On Earth.

 

Sandy Leitner is a Licensed Massage Therapist and resides in Palatine, IL.
She is currently a student, a teacher, and has directed the School of Metaphysics branch in Palatiine.
Sandy is a nature and animal enthusiast and loves biking, hiking and kayaking.

 

Peace Pole, Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch-Eastonton, Georgia-USA

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Here is  our Peace Pole constructed by middle school students.

It is at our butterfly habitat, a certified Monarch Way Station.

Butterflies and Blooms in the Briar Patch
419 Oak Street
Eatonton, GA 31024

Peace,
Susan Larson

World Peace Flag Ceremony calls for Peace to Prevail – Spokane, Washington – USA

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

May peace prevail” were the words attendees repeated the night of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace, in the Hemmingson Center.

On Sept. 21 students one by one added a flag to the spiral during the World Peace Flag Ceremony, hosted by Communities for Justice, Pax Christi and One Peace, Many Paths.

 

“So, we’re doing this this night with honoring all of the flags of the nation,” said Hank Broeckling, co-director at One Peace, Many Paths, adding that they started the ceremony six years before.

Broeckling said the purpose of the ceremony is to connect with other people and nations around the world to “rise above the energy of discord, the energy of dissention,” and move beyond that by sharing energy and love with those around the world.

“We really appreciate the joy that you bring by sharing your time tonight to be here to think about how we come together in a time of such divisiveness,” Kristine Hoover, director of the Gonzaga Institute for Hate Studies said. “And we think about, locally, the challenges that we’re facing with Freeman [high school], when we think about, globally, the challenges that we’re facing with [North] Korea, and yet we remember that we’re all part of the same community together.”

Hoover added the ceremony was an opportunity to take action and demonstrate “the mosaic of the world that we all belong to.”

Sister Anne Bosserman, from Pax Christi, discussed how two years ago, 194 nations signed the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

These goals focused on issues including poverty, hunger, gender equality, clean water, access to energy, education, economic growth, conservation of marine life, desertification, climate change, inequality and many others.

“These are the global goals for 2030, and Spokane is already accomplishing some of them,” Bosserman said, later reading the summary of the goals found in the preamble of the United Nations global goals along with two other speakers.

Before blessing the ground where the flags were placed, a collection basket was brought out to help raise money for victims of the recent hurricanes in the Caribbean area.

During the blessing, attendees joined hands in a circle around the space where the flags would be placed while Broeckling gave the blessing.

“I ask you to know that each one of us is a representative of God this night,” Broeckling said during the blessing. “We are the hands and feet of God in this world and that when we come here we bring with us energy and light and love to do our work.”

Broeckling then asked attendees to give their love and light to bless the ground, “to fill it with light and energy, and to sustain it and lift the energy up,” so it can be carried by the flags to the countries around the world.

Before the start of flag presentation, Joan Broeckling, co-director of One Peace, Many Paths, gave a brief history of the ceremony.

Peace Pals Art Exhibition ~ Leça do Balio – Portugal

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

May 4, 2017

The second International Exhibition of Drawings of Peace was inaugurated on May 4th at the headquarters of the grouping of schools of Leça do Balio (Porto/Portugal).

The participants were children and teens from more than 100 countries belonging to schools, groups members of the Living Peace International  and  organizations partners of the project.

A very important sector was been reserved for the Peace Pals International Art Exhibition. Peace Pal International and Living Peace have been working together for 4 years  for the creation of a culture of peace.

Many schools, groups, scouts and organizations from the north of Portugal that visited the exhibition were deeply impressed by the beauty and wealth of values that the Peace Pals International drawings transmit, an authentic testimony of how much the youngest generations are protagonists in the construction of a culture of peace.

Carlos D. Palma
Living Peace International