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Peace Pals 2016 Winner donates Peace Pole Prize to School – USA

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Avelyn Jing, 5 of the USA, won First Place in her age group in the 2016 Peace Pals International Art Exhibition and Awards. Avelyn portrayed the theme of “May Peace Prevail on Earth” and “Oneness with Diversity” by drawing children from various nationalities dancing together under a rainbow and peace dove, surrounding by flags in hearts.

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Avelyn, who has a passion for art, was inspired by the fun she has dancing and singing with her friends, many of whom hail from diverse backgrounds.

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As part of her prize, Avelyn was awarded a 6-foot Peace Pole which she and her family donated to her school Palo Verde Elementary. Avelyn’s award was announced on February 24th at the school morning assembly and the Peace Pole was recognized as decorated monument for reminding and visualizing peace.

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PBS39 Television at 839 Sesame-rededicates Its Peace Pole on the 2016 International Day of Peace- Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

By Rev. Deborah Moldow
Representative to the United Nations for the World Peace Prayer Society

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Monica Willard, Representative to the United Nations for the United Religions Initiative and longtime Peace Representative of the World Peace Prayer Society, organized a beautiful rededication ceremony for the Peace Pole that had been installed on “Sesame Street” by the PBS television station in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of September 11th 2001. This wonderful location is right in front of the famous Steel Stacks that have been preserved as a monument to the steel industry that built the area. It is now a most unusual attraction, including a park-like area where concerts and other festive events are offered.

The event began at 10:00 in the morning with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s International Day of Peace video message played on the outdoor JumboTron over the door of PBS39.

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High school students from the Lehigh Valley Charter Arts choir set the tone with a lovely a capella performance. Introductory remarks about the International Day of Peace were offered by Mrs. Willard, and Deborah Moldow of the World Peace Prayer Society led a moment of silence for world peace.

Tim Fallon, the CEO of PBS39, delivered a warm welcoming speech that acknowledged the Peace Poles around the world that “represent the oneness of humanity’s wish for a world at peace.” Then a representative of Mayor Donchez read a proclamation specially prepared for the PBS39 Peace Pole Rededication.

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Monica welcomed 60 fourth grade students from Donegan Elementary School to raise the flags of all nations one by one in a World Peace Flag Ceremony conducted to a PowerPoint presentation of the countries of the world on the JumboTron screen that had been prepared for the United Nations.

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The Charter Arts Choir concluded the event with another uplifting song of peace. The event was covered by all the local media, calling the attention of everyone in the Lehigh Valley to the PBS39 Peace Pole and the International Day of Peace.

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Tim Fallon, Monica Willard, Deborah Moldow

Photos from Lehigh Valley Live online:   Leghigh Valley Live

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Peace Pole crafted at headquarters of The World Peace Prayer Society was dedicated by Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki at Brooklyn Friends School, Brooklyn, New York-USA

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

April 29th, 2015

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Seventy years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, a delegation of 11 Hibakusha (survivors) from Nagasaki and several other Hibakusha from Hiroshima, visited Brooklyn Friends School to dedicate a Peace Pole, and speak to students about the effects of atomic weapons.  Photo by Mary Frost
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From left) Clifton Truman Daniel, grandson of President Harry
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School.  Photo by Mary Frost

Click link to read  the complete story:
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2015/4/28/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-victims-share-their-stories-brooklyn-students

Jackson Heights Elementary School celebrates planting of Peace Poles – Jackson Heights, New York – USA

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

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Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Photos courtesy of Danielle Mahoney

Students at P.S. 212 in Jackson Heights are looking to spread the idea of peace throughout their community.

Danielle Mahoney, a literacy coach at the elementary school located at 34-25 82nd St., has been teaching students about practicing mindfulness and gratitude for the past year.

While attending a weeklong training conference on mindfulness for kids and adolescents in California, Mahoney noticed a “Peace Pole” in a field and thought it would be a good idea to bring the concept back home.

Peace Poles, which have been planted throughout the world, are handcrafted structures that have the message and prayer “May peace prevail on Earth” on each of its four to six sides.

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Mahoney decided to work with one of the third-grade classes she instructs, Jennifer Bayer’s 3-317 class, to have two poles erected outside of P.S. 212 and allow the students to share with the community what they have been learning throughout the year.

“Having these Peace Poles is having to share in the community that regardless of the differences, we can live together and share all the wonderful things about our culture and embrace things and live in a peaceful way,” Mahoney said.

The Peace Poles, which are 7 feet tall and from the organization,  The Peace Pole Project, each feature the message “May peace prevail on Earth” in English, Urdu, Bengali, Mandarin, Spanish and Arabic. They also include two other messages in English: “May peace be in our communities” and “May peace be in our schools.”

“Words are very powerful and as a literacy coach this is not so far away from our core work,” Mahoney said. “When you read it, hopefully the next step is to have action with your words and thoughts will be in a positive way.”

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During the Wednesday night ceremony, students, who ranged between 8 to 9 years old, also explained to parents and faculty what the Peace Poles are, why they were being planted and what mindfulness is.

“We hope that when people pass they will take a moment to send kind thoughts to all beings on this planet, and focus on the good and peaceful parts of life,” Mahoney said.

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Mahoney added that she has seen that teaching the practice of mindfulness to students has helped them relax more, often using breathing as a tool to cope with difficult times, and also teaches the children how to pay attention to the present moment.

Some students have even tried teaching their parents how taking the time to relax and breathe will help them move forward in their days, according to Mahoney.

“Mindfulness allows us to take the time to respond to situations,” one student said. “We learn not to react to everything that happens. You notice what happens, respond to it and let it go. Mindfulness will help you do that.”

Mahoney also hopes that more schools will consider planting Peace Poles and she even is looking to find a way to plant a pole in Astoria Queens, New York, a community she has called home all her life.

Article written by Angy Altamirano

http://queenscourier.com/jackson-heights-elementary-school-celebrates-planting-of-peace-poles/

Submitted by:  Danielle Mahoney

International Flag Ceremony at College of DuPage – Chicago, USA

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

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Just a few weeks ago, on an 8 degree fahrenheit November day, Jim Dugan of The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, accompanied by his wife Jackie Eaton, travelled to the College of DuPage, located on the western edge of Chicago, to present the International Flag Ceremony. The event took place in the center of a beautiful campus with several hundred students and numerous school administrators in attendance. For the Flag Ceremony, Jim shared current events that he compiled on every United Nations Member country and Jackie timed the digital presentation on the two large screens. The presentation consisted of slides of each nation showing a world map with an arrow pointing to the nation’s location along with their flag and with the words “May Peace Be In” that nation written across the bottom. Students signed up in advance to carry a flag of their choice and some joined in by choosing a flag during the Ceremony and as Jim came around to each nation, the students shouted the country name and at the end of the region exclaimed May Peace Prevail in that region.

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Everyone in attendance took a trip around our amazing planet, region by region, sharing and learning a little bit about what is happening with our sisters and brothers across the globe. The Ceremony took Jim exactly 2 hours of non stop narration and, during the closing remarks, couldn’t be heard over the public address system as the applause was too loud! An eight language Peace Pole was given to DuPage that will be used at numerous events on the campus, and during the Ceremony, students had a chance to write messages of Peace to go into a time capsule inside the Peace Pole. The eight languages on the Peace Pole were chosen as being the eight most spoken languages on this incredibly diverse campus.

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The College of DuPage has over 26,000 students and David Swope, the Interim Director with the schools Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion emailed Jim after the Ceremony with the following words: “Mr. Dugan, Allow me the opportunity to sincerely express my profound appreciation. The International Flag Ceremony  conducted by The World Peace Sanctuary at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois on Tuesday November 18, 2014 was enlightening and edifying in several ways. This Ceremony informed us about issues that exist around the world, in a manner that caused one to have a positive focus on people from all walks of life, all over the world in the same moment of time. Very unique. This Ceremony provided a platform to demonstrate Peaceful Pride in one’s home land, to connect with a place through positive gestures of flag waving and words of encouragement.  World Peace Sanctuary “gets it” – that no matter how different we are or where we come from, we all share humanity as a common thread and at the foundation of human existence, is the need for peace. The Ceremony brought to life that people struggle, succeed, hurt, excel and all the rest. Yet through all of our experiences life is always better, where Peace Prevails. Jim, to the World Peace Sanctuary, keep spreading the message of how cultural diversity makes us rich, intricate and robust as humans. The Peace Pole will stand at COD as an awesome reminder of the rewarding experience we shared at the College and perhaps, in an unselfish way, we are a little better as students, staff and administrators because we took some time to humble ourselves and wish peace for others.  Thank You!

International Day of Peace – Youth Society for Peace – Kathmandu – Nepal

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

May Peace Prevail in us: Inner Peace; Outer Peace!
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International Day of Peace 2014 was marked with various programs for a week in the active initiation of Shanti Sewa Ashram (Peace Service Center), Hindu Vidyapeeth – Nepal Schools, Youth Society for Peace and Children’s Peace Home with a slogan of the year “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”

On September 19th, Friday a book was lunched at Shanti Sewa Ashram written by Jerry Piasecki on the title “Stolen” who is working with the UN for global peace education.

Joan O’ Connor and her team of 8 educationist and friends participated the inauguration ceremony of Airtime Project among Nepal, Australia and Muhammad Ali Center, America where the children would be participating for creative writing.

An interaction program was held on 20th September at Shanti Sewa Ashram where the students of grade 8 from Hindu Vidyapeeth-Nepal participated along with the mothers of Women Study Club. Members from Universal Peace Federation (Mr Piya Ratna), Bahai Center Nepal (Mr Narendra Pandey), Religions for Peace Nepal (Mrs Indira Manandhar) and Guru Chintamani Yogi were the main speaker and facilitators.

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Youth Society for Peace coordinated Thoughts of Youth program where youth discussed about the various reasons and step forward to be taken to control mind and body for inner peace.

On the 21st September members of HVP Peace Club and Volunteer Club held an awareness program with the school students and formed a board where they shared about Peace. Peace Poetry, essay writing and painting was done at school. The same thing was carried out at Children’s Peace Home and Hindu Vidyapeeth Nepal Dang.

Durham Volunteers Ellie Hattersly, Daniel Cian-Reed along with the hostel children of HVP, Balkumari organized a wall painting at the roof of HVP.

Guru Chintamani Yogi was kindly requested to chair the program of Kalika Devi School and Sunrise Orphanage where children and teachers were happy to receive message of truth, love, peace, selfless service and non-violence. He has been interviewed in various FM stations and television for the relay of world peace.

We are all happy to mark IDP 2014 and would like to wish a very Happy Vijaya Dashami, Deepawali, Eid and Chhath to all the people and would like to pray for world peace.

Compiled by Jagannath Kandel

Students install Six Peace Poles at Carl Junction Junior High School-Joplin, Missouri – USA

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

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Since last September, seventh- and eighth-graders in the school’s art class and National Art Honor Society have been painting positive and colorful messages, symbols and animals on  six Peace Poles. Sunday was the International Day of Peace, so students installed the project when they returned to school Tuesday.

Carl Junction Junior High students pose with “peace poles” they installed Tuesday in front of the school. The project began last September and was part of an international peace pole mission that represents unity and friendship

Carl Junction Junior High students pose with “peace poles” they installed Tuesday in front of the school. The project began last September and was part of an international peace pole mission that represents unity and friendship

Art teacher Elizabeth Cosby said students spent about 175 hours working on the project before and after school, on the weekends and sometimes during class.

“It’s kind of emotional, because I got a chance to see their process, see how much they grew through the process of creating, and now I have several that are at the high school level who participated,” Cosby said. “To see them come back today and be a part of this continues to show how much it still means to them.”

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Cosby said some of her students compete in an international peace poster competition, and usually one student wins. But she wanted her students to participate in something together, and the Peace Poles were an ideal project!

Children in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan Participate in Peace Pals Art Contest 2014 for Right to Peace

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Saiqa Kaur of New Horizon Kindergarten School in Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan organized the children to participate in the 2014 – 17th Annual Peace Pals International Art Exhibition & Awards art contest with the UN IDP theme “Right to Peace.”

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I belong to Pakistan and working with children since many years. Peace and interfaith Harmony were the main theme of our work. We are interacting with children in the field of Art for Peace (Painting, cultural songs, Cultural dances, cultural festivals, theater)

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I was trying to conduct this art activity in many schools or design it in a art exhibition for peace especially for the children of deprived and excluded groups but unfortunately I did not got good response from schools because they are having first term exams and summer vacations were started so it was blank for me.

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With the help of our women volunteers, Lok Vehar Organized this activity. Children were briefed about  them and they painted. At the end they told me very interesting stories about their paintings what they feel about it what they want to describe in their painting.   They don’t have clear idea of UNO but for them if we have peace in this world every were we will have flowers, butterflies, peaceful homes, sharing this is peaceful world for them.

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I feel we are sewing peace seeds and there is high hope someday they will grow and become huge trees.

Regards,

Saiqa Rehmat
Lok Vehar Development Organization
Pakistan

www.wppspeacepals.org

Art class in Japanese High school / Peace Pals International Art Contest

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Warm greetings to the Peace Makers around the world from Japan,

My wife and I are running Peace education programs “Earth Kids Space” in two locations in Iwate Prefecture, in north-eastern Japan. “Earth Kids Space” programs are promoted by the Goi Peace Foundation in Oshu city and Ichinoseki city

In 2011 Earth Kids of  Iwate was asked to participate in the Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards by the WPPS Japan office.

The theme of the contest was very timely for Earth Kids in Iwate, since we were hit by the Great Eastern Japan Earth Quake and Tsunami and we wanted to respond to the kind messages from the various countries to Japan.  We are very happy that some of our children were chosen each year as winners or finalists since then.  Earth Kids children will participate in the contest this year again.

I have been giving classes as an art lecturer at Senmaya high school since this April when the Japanese new school year started. The upper age limit was 16, so it was my first idea that I will give my 10th grade students a chance.  Indeed school curriculum schedule is tight, so I decided to let my students who finished their task early to work on the contest.

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The students seemed to be very new to paint such a theme given by the contest, so they struggled finding an idea for their painting, but still they enjoyed.  I teach my students in my class that “True Art contains the consciousness of positively creating peace.”  The students experienced finding such a consciousness within themselves through this art production for the contest.

 

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Children at the Child Protection Agency in Gifhorn, Germany paint for Peace Pals International – May Peace Prevail On Earth

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

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Kristina Bork, artist and art teacher at The German Children Protection Association in Gifhorn, Germany once again got the children involved in this years (2014) Peace Pals Art Exhibition and Awards contest.

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The Association not only protects children, but offers various workshops to enrich their lives.  The children have such a full curriculum with their studies at home and at school.  They do not paint simply for competition, but for a love of peace.  It takes a dedicated teacher or youth coordinator to make this possible.

We thank Kristina Bork for her commitment to the children and for spreading the universal message of peace, “May Peace Prevail On Earth,” and to the children of Gifhorn, Germany — Thank you for your beautiful art.

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We at Peace Pals International are looking forward to seeing the children’s artwork this year.

For more information on this years art contest and how to get children involved, please visit:  www.wppspeacepals.org