Monday, January 5, 2009
Saturday, November 15, 2008
“We can’t do something about everything,
but we can do something about something.”
Clark Montessori Junior/Senior High, Cincinnati, OH
Excerpts from http://clark.cps-k12.org/
Our schools are microcosms of the world community and as such, our task to widen our circle of compassion has far-reaching implications. I am reminded of Parker Palmer’s wisdom, “If you ask what holds a community together, what makes the possibility for relatedness possible, the only honest answer I can give brings me to that dangerous realm called the spiritual. The only answer I can give is that what makes community possible is love.” How else do we prepare children to take their place in society? We talk about the events of the world as if they really matter. We create a safe place for the expression of truth. We encourage ideas in the context of hope and compassion. When we do these things with love, the love of learning and the love of the learners, it makes powerful medicine for children and for this world."
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Lend a Hand to 'Neighbors in Need'
Almost all volunteers come back with a tear in their eye and a wonderful story to tell, understanding they are truly fortunate people. Some insist on participating as a family to model humility and stewardship to their children. This year ‘Community of Peace’ students and parents will be meeting at the
Friday, November 7, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
“Help UNICEF save some lives”
This Halloween, high school musicians from
'Third Coast' features Jake Keyser on drums, and Jesse Rumpca on lead guitar, Ronnie Jakuviak on bass guitar and Will Bednar on vocals. The rock band features ‘covers’ of The White Stripes, The Strokes, The Who, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others. 'Soul Shine's' Brian Fischer will be assisting the students with the band's P.A. system and technical support. The UNICEF benefit concert is sponsored by ‘Community of Peace’
‘Community of Peace’ began with a small group of students and parents from
UNICEF works in more than 150 countries and territories, helping to save, protect and improve the lives of children around the world through immunization, education, health care, nutrition, clean water and sanitation. A donation of $.03 can boost one child’s immune system and prevent blindness for one year with Vitamin A capsules. $.06 can provide one packet of oral re-hydration salts, preventing the leading cause of death among young children. $.50 can immunize a child against Polio for life. $1.05 can provide a child with pencil and paper to use in the classroom. UNICEF is the oldest children-to-children charity in the world.
We can give to charity just by searching the internet and shopping online. By simply going to www.goodsearch.com Each search contributes $.01 to our favorite charities. That means for every 1,000 searches, we're contributing $10.00. There are currently 67,000 nonprofits and schools receiving thousands of dollars from internet searches. Type in UNICEF to contribute this month. And, add your nonprofit to the list, too.
We can contribute even more by going to www.goodshop.com. Every time we make a purchase at eBay, you're contributing 25-37.5%. Every time we book a trip at expedia.com a portion of your purchase is donated to the charities we choose. There are more than 700 online stores participating.
Click on the links at the right to learn more.
Mutual respect is our best and only hope for a world at peace.
Much of popular culture glamorizes disrespectful and uncaring behavior. Television programs thrive on physical and verbal violence; reality shows emphasize the poorest human qualities. Even the nightly news airs a political campaign which has become increasingly disrespectful. Video games turn acts of violence in to entertainment in a way that would have been unacceptable only a generation ago.
We need to challenge each other to say “No Thanks” to the disrespectful influences in our lives and in our children’s lives. We can begin by modeling caring and respectful behavior to our children. Behaving as we want them to behave lifts us while teaching them. By surrounding our children with care and respect, they learn to care for and respect themselves and others.
This is the road that leads to peace, joy, hope and love…for us all.