Pocatello Valley Montessori School to celebrate Peace

September 18, 2018

POCATELLO - Pocatello Valley Montessori School invites the community to participate in a Sing Peace Celebration on Sept. 21 to commemorate the International Day of Peace. The event will take place at 11 a.m. in front of the school located at 240 E Maple.

In 2017, Sing Peace involved over 150,000 children from some 65 countries. This year, children and teachers from schools around the world will also gather at assigned times to sing “Light a Candle for Peace” by Shelley Murley. The song moves around the world throughout the day, starting with children singing in New Zealand and ending 24 hours later with the Hawaiian Islands.

Having seen the world torn apart by war twice in her lifetime, Maria Montessori understood that education was the method through which world peace would spread. Peace education is an essential component of a Montessori classroom.

“One of my favorite tools for conflict resolution is the Peace Rose”, explains Shelley Schaugaard, PVMS teacher. The peace rose is commonly used in Montessori classrooms to teach children to respectfully work out their differences. The children take turns passing the rose back and forth, explaining their feelings to each other. By giving children tools to solve conflicts peacefully, Montessori schools equip them with skills that they can use to live a more peaceful life now and in the future.

The celebration will take place near the PVMS Peace Pole that was placed in 2016. The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in eight different languages appear on the pole as a reminder to all to promote the message of peace.

To learn more, please contact Allison Knight, PVMS Administrator, at 208-417-1930 or visit the website: http://www.pocatellovalleymontessori.org.

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