Rotary and Pocatello Valley Montessori School team up to promote peace
POCATELLO - Promoting Peace is one of six key areas of focus for Rotary International, an organization that is dedicated to improve lives and create a better world.
“Peace gets built by people who care, and are willing to work for the things they care about, “ said John F. Germ, Past President of Rotary International.
Local Rotarian, Staci Hernandez, president of the Gate City Rotary Club, articulated this message by participating in the 2018 International Day of Peace celebration at Pocatello Valley Montessori School. Reading the book, Peace Week in Miss Fox’s Class, by Eileen Spinelli, Hernandez encouraged the students to help others and to be kind.
“Just remember,” Hernandez said, “Peace starts with you.”
Rotary clubs respond to their community’s unique concerns and needs by taking on a broad range of service projects. In 2017, the Gate City Club provided a grant to PVMS for Montessori materials used in the Toddler classroom. Research shows the long-term results of early childhood education. According to the National Education Association (NEA), individuals who were enrolled in a quality preschool program are less likely to repeat grades, need special education, or get into future trouble with the law.
Rotary International blogs, “A strong foundation in basic education is essential for creating more peaceful, thriving communities.”
Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. Visit rotary.org to learn more.