Stu­dents give peace a chance

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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.

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