1. Peace Week is a time to identify problems in our school and community and work together to find solutions. We hope to raise awareness about the different kinds of violence and let people know they have a part in making the peace.
Peace Week was November 13th – 16th 2006. On Monday morning all of the teachers read a paragraph explaining what was going on that week. The quote, “Peace is an ACTION,” was read over the intercom and posted for all to see. This was a send off for the week. At lunch my group kicked off our Penny Drive for Peace and students seemed to be really excited about it. We also put up a banner in the commons for people to sign as a pledge to Peace. Tuesday started out with the quote, “Peace is not just the absence of violence.” This quote was to stress that there is a lot to peace and to promote tolerance, the theme of Mix It Up at lunch day. When the junior high students came up the stairs for lunch I think that we surprised them with our energy and name tags. We gave them a challenge to sit at different tables while eating. Our enthusiasm rubbed off! When it came time to play the games, they were participating! I really do think some people learned that it’s okay to go out of your comfort zone. Senior High, which I was most skeptical about, did well too! Mix it up at lunch was a success! “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” This inspirational quote started Wednesday. A speaker from Advocates for Family Peace came and the whole school was touched with her stories. To end the week and encourage people to commit to peace our quote on Thursday was “Peace doesn’t have a way, peace is the way.” On Thursday we made a Peace Wall in a hallway in our school. Over ¾ of the school put their hands into paint then and on the wall as a pledge to Peace. It looks phenomenal! We also got the whole student body bracelets that said, “DRHS Peace Week 2006.” We gave them out at the end of the day and when the bell rang all I could do was sit and stare. Everyone had a little blue bracelet on their wrist. Everyone was connected and I loved it. For the first time I really felt like the school was unified. It didn’t matter what race, gender, or social group you were from. Everyone was their own special person in the big group of people and it was amazing. After school I counted up the totals from the penny drive. I thought we would be lucky if we raised $100, after all it was just pennies. But, we ended up bringing in over $400! Raising that much money in one little school in four days, was quite an accomplishment. All the money raised went the Advocates for Family Peace. For me this achievement means so much because of the violence I see everyday in my school.