Wednesday, September 15, 2010

International Peace Day at Maharishi School

On September 21, Maharishi School will host its first annual International Day of Peace, described below from the IDP website.

The United Nations has declared September 21 as the International Day of Peace. In a message commemorating the Day in 1995, Secretary-General Boutros-Ghali stated that "the world, once more, cries out for peace. And for the economic and social development that peace alone can assure... Let us keep our goal clear and simple... Let us work for peace."

The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly.

Maharishi School hosts students from many nations and cultures of the world. To celebrate the school's diverse population, the school inaugurates this year its annual celebration of peace with school activities in the afternoon from 1-3 P.M., and a community-wide Festival of Culture and Peace that night from 6:30-9:00 P.M.

Cultural Displays

Families and students will display and celebrate their cultures in the Henry Ogden Clark Assembly Hall. Students with "passports" will pass by table displays at during the afternoon 1-3 P.M. activity time on Tuesday to get stamps from all the different countries represented (stamps provided by the school).

Families will display items that convey a sense of their culture, particularly geared toward children and families: the national flag, artwork, picture books, unique musical instruments, games, clothing, food samples, products that are unique or characteristic of the culture. Laptops may present rolling slide shows.

Authors Heather Chase and Ken Beller, authors of Great Peacemakers: True Stories from Around the World, will attend and be honored during the festival. Their book received the 2007 International Peace Writing Award, and their work has been endorsed by three Presidents and  three Nobel Peace Prize winners. Chase is a Maharishi School alumnus. Heather Chase and Ken Beller will meet with Maharishi School students during the day as the students engage in activities relating to the school and community's many cultures, and to the community's mission to establish world peace in our generation.

Copyright 2010 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved


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