OSWEGO, NY – There have been more than 200,000 peace poles planted around the world in nearly every country on Earth.
The Charles E. Riley Elementary School peace pole, which was recently planted, will link the school to other people around the world who are also trying to spread peace.
Most peace poles have the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth.”
The Riley School pole says “May Peace Prevail at CER (Charles E. Riley).
According to CER art teacher Rebecca Woods, peace poles remind us to think, speak and act in the spirit of peace and harmony.
“We want to instill in our students that we need to be a peaceful school community regardless of our differences and then hopefully carry those beliefs out to the world,” said Woods. “We have the greatest kids at Riley so I know they will try their best to act on all the messages we placed on the peace pole.”
Last year, Woods asked her third grade students to draw and write out what would make Riley School a peaceful place to be.
They covered every aspect from not bullying, being kind, not judging, being respectful, and helping others.
“I took their drawings and translated them into the design for our school’s peace pole,” said Woods. “Words and pictures are very powerful, so when we see and read the messages on our peace pole, the next step is to react with words and actions in a positive way. Peace is something we have to work on every day.”
“Our hope is our peace pole will be a visual reminder to our students, faculty, parents and every person who enters our building, what their role is as peacemakers and how they can make a difference, “ she added.