Oftentimes, we receive great resources from schools. Here is a plan developed by two teachers at St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, MA.
Created by Margaret Betts (Grade 2) and Anne Krane (PreK), St. Columbkille Partnership School, Brighton, MA
Violence in schools and in neighborhoods in our country has been a constant conversation, and we have been looking for something we can do to help teachers, families, and students feel a little less helpless and a little more empowered. This can be especially challenging in the early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels. We want our schools to feel safe. This plan centers around a prayer service planned for March 14th of this year. Our hope is that this plan would minimally interrupt the routine, meet students at an appropriate level and still have a positive impact on our community. Early childhood would focus on peace as a self management skill, elementary ages would focus on peace and activism, and middle school would focus on peace and nonviolence.
The plan in its entirety can be found here, but there are four major parts to the St. Columbkille Peace Plan!
All grades: Pieces of Peace - Students will each be given a large puzzle piece to take home over the weekend. These will be filled out by families and returned to school the following Monday and Tuesday. Along with the puzzle pieces will be a description of the events and activities leading to Wednesday, March 14th, so families are informed. These peace pieces will be collected and formed into large peace sign posters to be hung on each level of the school. (We will send this template to you when it is ready!)
All grades: Peace Project - Each grade will do one short activity that focuses around peace on Monday 3/12 or Tuesday 3/13 in their classrooms. It could be a book, a short movie clip, a writing project, a prayer. A few ideas are provided to give inspiration, but if you need more help or a more concrete plan, please let us know and we are happy to help out!
All grades, staff, families, friends of school: Posts for Peace - All will be invited to participate in posting pictures, videos, photos, poems, quotes, songs etc. on our social media, or their own social media on 3/14. Using the hashtag #stcps4peace and #postsforpeace . Anyone is invited to post something that they feel will inspire others towards peace. (How do you work, sing, share, inspire for peace?)
All grades: Peace Prayer Service - Students will participate in a 17 minute long prayer service on March 14th at 10 AM.
In the spirit of Catholic community building and collaboration within the Archdiocese of Boston, we've attached the full plan here in hopes that you may share it with other schools whose teachers may be looking for a resource or a way to address the violence with a Catholic foundation at the early childhood, elementary, and middle school levels.
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