The PeaceKeepers program helps students become good citizens at school, at home, and in their communities. PeaceKeepers is built on six principles. Students are taught to: 1.) do their personal best 2.) make wise choices 3.) respect themselves and others 4.) tell the truth 5.) take responsibility for keeping the peace and 6.) encourage others. Each morning students recite the PeaceKeeper Pledge to remind them of these six principles. Throughout the school year, students and staff focus on each principle in depth. It is our hope that students will internalize these principles and become productive citizens.
Each week or month you should recognize students who demonstrates these principles in the classroom, on the playground, and in the cafeteria.
There are numerous resources (202 pages of resources) including letters to parents, logos, enough lessons to last for 2 years (if you focus on one principle per month). Each lesson has teacher instructions, a character lesson tied to literature, student handouts, discussion activities, etc. The program includes forms for guiding students to take responsibility for their actions, awards, a song, chant, pledge, wristbands, and much more. The PeaceKeeper program was tested at a local elementary school over the course of two years. Based on input from teachers, the lessons were modified and improved to best meet the needs of elementary aged students.
Below is the PeaceKeeper Pledge. Students recite this every morning in their classrooms.
I am a PeaceKeeper. I promise to:
1. Do My Personal Best
2. Make Wise Choices
3. Respect Myself and Others
4. Tell the Truth
5. Take Responsibility for Keeping the Peace
6. Encourage Others
I will keep the peace at school, at home, and in my community.