Have you seen our Peace Heroes Board? It's in the Great Hall near the Nurse's office. Every month you will find it loaded up with messages mostly from one child to another. The children are recognizing others for showing kindness. Sometimes a child will thank another for playing with them when they were lonely, or helping them pick up their spilled crayons, or cheering them up when they were sad, or simply being a good friend. At the end of each month a group of fifth graders take them all down and hand out the certificates to the Peace Heroes. We used to do monthly parties and hand out little trinkets but we found that the kids were just as happy without these things. Knowing that someone caught them being kind seems to be reward enough!
- Linda Ryden