Students give peace a chance
Random acts of kindness, peer mediation, helping kids in Canada and as far away as Africa are just some initiatives that helpedWestwood Jr. High School in Saint-Lazare earn the right to call itself a peaceful school.
During a flag raising ceremony held Monday, students quoted John Lennon when urging others to “give peace a chance,” as their peers hoisted a sunny, yellow Peaceful Schools International flag that will fly atWestwood next to flags of Canada and Quebec.
And though Peaceful Schools International celebrates a can-do attitude, the movement was born of tragedy nine years ago in Halifax, Nova Scotia, when founder Hetty Van Gurp’s 14 year-old son, Ben, died at the hands of a school-yard bully.
Despite her loss, Gurp, a teacher, was determined to show students a better way.
Westwood Principal Hans Bulow said PSI schools are committed to creating and maintaining a culture of peace where everyone feels safe, respected and valued.
Today more than 300 schools around the world are members of the movement. To learn more about Peaceful Schools International, go to: www.peacefulschoolsinternational.org.
Westwood Jr. High School celebrated its inauguration into the Peaceful Schools International program Monday morning.