Saturday, September 22, 2012

International Day of Peace 9/21, Thank you Letter from Mrs. Sharp to Shinnyo-en Foundation

REFLECTION ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE 
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Ineko Tsuchida, Ph. D. Program Director Shinnyo-en Foundation

Dear Dr. Tsuchida, I want to thank you for donating the 6 billion paths to peace t-shirts for our children to wear on the International Day of Peace. We have 109 happy children who celebrated this past September 21st. The children made pinwheels and wrote on them what gave them peace. We all went together to the chapel where Father Blizzard blessed our pinwheels. We sang songs together and then we enjoyed the moment when our pinwheels spinned with the breeze. The joy of looking at these 3-6 year old children celebrate this day was profound. We are a Montessori based program at Casady School. Dr. Montessori emphasized the word peace in her teaching. Montessori said, ""Averting war is the work of politicians; establishing peace is the work of education." Every day our teachers are involved with this important work of peace by showing grace and courtesy to each other and to the children so that they may then show peace to others. Thank you again for donating the shirts. We will be celebrating this important date every year with our youngest students here at Casady.

With gratitude, Jane Sharp