Friends Select School prekindergartners and kindergartners paired with sixth and eighth graders to “plant” 100 hand-painted rocks for peace in celebration of International Day of Peace on September 21. Teachers and students read a peace poem, sang songs and ceremoniously arranged and placed the rocks in the courtyard of the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Race St.) meetinghouse.
The United Nations’ International Day of Peace, marked each year, is a global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace. Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the first Peace Day was celebrated in September 1982. The Friends Select “Plant a Rock for Peace” event was the only International Day of Peace event registered in Philadelphia.
Friends Select School, middle school director Terry Kessel had a front-row seat to the political upheaval in Honduras this summer during a trip for teachers with Heifer International. Briefly confined to her hotel room in the city of San Pedro Sula, she watched street demonstrations from the balcony. Terry has returned to school ready to share what she learned about Heifer’s proven model of “food sovereignty” that helps lift participants out of poverty.