As part of the Respect For All Week activities, PS 39 on Staten Island decided to grow a peace garden in the cafeteria. Each class contributed to the garden by writing a letter or a positive message to someone else and then bringing that message to the garden to share in front of each other. The art teacher created flowers and grass, while the fifth grade class contributed posters that acted as the frame. Parents will also be able to see the finished product on Friday when they come to chaperone a school dance. The peace garden was a community effort, emphasizing that peace begins with each and every one of us.
This story is part of a series to promote the ongoing school-based programs and activities through the Respect For All initiative.