Saturday, July 13, 2013

International Day of Peace at Casady and OCU, Count Down Begins!!!!

Casady Service-Learning in collaboration with Casady Summer By the Lake and Boys and Girls Club started to reflect on the meaning of peace by making pinwheels for peace.   Students were introduced to some slides of the PEACE STONE SOUP PROJECT: 12 Days for Peace in September.  The initiative's goal is to enhance compassion, kindness, peace and balance in our daily words and actions.   https://docs.google.com/a/casady.org/presentation/d/1V87gQE-hlF1Rk1iiC7MYmuo6n0PJRN1e9LAlM3-NiIA/present#slide=id.gf14f596c_010


JULY, Pinwheels for Peace Project

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International Day of Peace at Casady and OCU SAVE THE DATE 9/20/2013

The International Day of Peace will be celebrated at Casady the morning of 9/20/2013 when pinwheels made at various divisions and community service-learning program partner organizations will be planted around campus. Upper Division YAC teens will contact division heads to create a school wide celebration of the day with the pinwheels as a visible symbol of commitment to compassion, kindness, and peace.

At 3:30 PM, on 9/20/2013,  Cyclones will transport the pinwheels  to Oklahoma City University to be part of a giant pinwheel display welcoming participants to a peace drum circle at OCU's Bishop Angie Smith Chapel; the beginning of a multicultural event to be held at the Watson Lounge from 4-6 PM. The event will be hosted by the creator of  PAST (Prevent and Stop Tormenting)http://www.preventandstoptormenting.org/ , former Miss OSU, Aly Akers and Steve McLinn of Ojas Music http://www.ojasmusic.com/. After the festival ends, at 6:00 PM, OCU's cafeteria will be providing an all you can eat dinner for the discounted price of $5.00. OCU's School of Religion,  Respect Diversity Foundation, Casady Service-Learning Program, Ojas Music, and United Nations Association of Greater Oklahoma are the sponsoring organizations of the IDP OKC 2013 Festival.

International Day of Peace Interfaith Service Day, SAVE THE DATE 9/21/2013
On Saturday, 9/21/2013, the actual global date for International Day of Peace, Casady YAC in collaboration with Casady Youth LEAD OKC and Mercy School will sponsor an interfaith service day at a place chosen by the student organizers in collaboration with the City of Moore Tornado Relief, Mr. Jayme Shelton, jshelton@cityof moore.com;405-550-6514, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Sacred Family Home and/or other organizations of the students' choice.

For families with younger children wanting to volunteer together on this special day, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is taking reservations for their work day on 9/21/2013 Afternoon shift 1-4 PM.  The morning shift is already full.  The capacity in the afternoon on 8/21/2013 was of up to 60 participants.  Children as young as 8 years old can volunteer accompanied by an adult. Make your reservationat.  http://www.regionalfoodbank.org/cervis.php?a=event.   For more information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Denice Hurlbut at volunteer@regionalfoodbank.org or (405)600-3160.  

Youth Interfaith Tour SAVE THE DATE, 9/22/2013
On Sunday, 9/22/2013, Sidney Jones, Casady YAC Junior Chair and Casady Youth LEAD OKC founder, will lead the reflective component of the Oklahoma Conference of Churches Interfaith Youth Tour to bring to full circle the theme of Unity of the Casady Peace Stone Soup Project: 12 Days for Peace Initiative.

Ideas to have your personal IDP Celebration



What is the International Day of Peace? From Wikipedia, Peace One Day, Shinnyo-en Foundation

June 13, 2013 began the 100 days count down to the International Day of Peace (IDP), observed annually on 21 September.   IDP is dedicated to peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence, such as might be occasioned by a temporary ceasefire in a combat zone for humanitarian aid access.


1981-1982

In 1981, The United Nations General Assembly declared, in a resolution sponsored by the United Kingdom and Costa Rica,[2] the International Day of Peace, to be devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace.[3] The date initially chosen was the regular opening day of the annual sessions of the General Assembly, the third Tuesday of September. This was changed in 2001 to the current annual celebration on 21 September each year. The day was first celebrated in 1982.

To inaugurate the day, the "Peace Bell" is rung at UN Headquarters (in New York City). The bell is cast from coins donated by children from all continents except Africa, and was a gift from the United Nations Association of Japan, as "a reminder of the human cost of war"; the inscription on its side reads, "Long live absolute world peace".[1]

Individuals can also wear White Peace Doves to commemorate the International Day of Peace, which are badges in the shape of a dove produced by a non-profit organization in Canada


2001
In 2001 the opening day of the General Assembly was scheduled for 11 September, and Secretary General Kofi Annan drafted a message recognizing the observance of International Peace Day on 11 September.[5] That year the day was changed from the third Tuesday to specifically the twenty-first day of September, to take effect in 2002. A new resolution was passed by the General Assembly,[2] sponsored by the United Kingdom (giving credit to Peace One Day) and Costa Rica (the original sponsors of the day), to give the International Day of Peace a fixed calendar date, 21 September, and declare it also as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence

2011

In 2011, Peace One Day announced at their O2 Arena concert, a new international campaign called Global Truce 2012, a grassroots initiative and international coalition with non-governmental organizations and student unions in every continent, which increased participation and action on Peace Day 2012, the day of Global Truce. Particular focus in this campaign including a cessation of hostilities on the day, is the reduction of domestic violence and bullying in society. The Peace One Day Celebration concert on Peace Day in 2012 was held at Wembley Arena to celebrate Global Truce 2012.[15] The Global Truce campaign continues aiming to involve more partners and coalitions for mass participation and life-saving practical action on Peace Day. 
Excerpts from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Day_of_Peace

Casady Middle Division, Peace Day 2011


2012 From PEACE ONE DAY Global Truce: http://peaceoneday.org/2012-campaign/




Casady Lower Division 2012
Peace One Day Global Truce Campaign called for a reduction of domestic violence.

Through detailed analysis conducted with the support of McKinsey & Company, the Peace One Day 2012 report found that, across the world, 280 million people in 198 countries were aware of Peace Day 2012 – 4% of the world’s population. The report further estimates that approximately 2% of those people (5.6 million) behaved more peacefully as a result. Peace One Day expects to double those figures for 2013, creating a solid foundation for informing 3 billion people about Peace Day by 2016.

The achievements of Peace One Day’s work in 2012 have not only set an important marker for Peace Day 2013 and future Peace Days, but have also reinforced the value of this unique annual day as a foundation for long-term sustainable peace.
Peace Day 2012 Summary Report
 


 
Peace Day 2012 @ Oklahoma City
Contributed by Joan Korenblit, Respect Diversity Foundation and Carmen Clay, Casady School to Shinnyo-en Foundation Website
 
On September 21, 2012, International Day of Peace, students throughout Oklahoma City participated in a variety of activities that culminated at the annual Oklahoma City University Multicultural Festival and a1,000 Pinwheels for Peace Garden sponsored by a diverse group of Oklahoma artists, educators, the Respect Diversity Foundation, and the Friends of the United Nations of Greater Oklahoma.
 
 
Students from Dove Academy at Oklahoma City University learned from activities facilitated by festival chairs, Mikel Ibarra, Joan Korenblit, and Japan America Society education coordinator Dr. Gigi Hu. After viewing and reflecting a short trailer on “Peace One Day” and “On a Paper Crane, Tomoko’s Adventure,” students made origami cranes for peace and wrote Haiku poetry. Before planting pinwheels made at their school, they walked through a peace labyrinth, learning about the importance of quiet meditation from Labyrinths in Oklahoma writer Gail Peck.
 
5pm on 9/21/2012, a dozen co-sponsoring organizations and a large drumming circle welcomed hundreds of participants to the Multicultural Festival. Participants in Shinnyo-en Foundation’s Six Billion Paths to Peace T-shirts enjoyed artists from a variety of ethnic traditions.

The grand finale was a dance of peace with audience participation. Said author Michael Allen, “This festival and the many activities during the eleven days of unity, 9/11-9/21, happened because people of diverse cultures worked together and decided that we CAN make this a more peaceful world.”
 
From creating pinwheels for peace encouraging a global truce on violence, to participating in service-learning projects, thousands of Oklahoma students were immersed in dialog and action of a shared sustainable culture of peace, economic justice, and environmental stewardship from 9/11-9/21!
 
Oklahoma Centennial High School observed the shift from “I” to “WE” with curricular connections. “It was challenging and rewarding to collaborate with core teachers and administrators. My students created peace key chains, because they are the key to change, a “new green” cleaning product, and are currently finalizing their service-learning project reflection on how to make a real difference and impact the world in which they live” said Career and Technology instructor, Carrie Renfro.
Kindergarteners at Mercy School enjoyed a diversity story-teller and discussed what they learned. “We’re all different, just like the crayons in the story, and we’re all important!” exclaimed five year old Mohamed.

At Piedmont Middle School and Western Oaks Elementary School, students learned about the impact of choosing a path of kindness over bullying. Piedmont Art teacher Frances Williams explained, “From their discussion, it was obvious that this unit had a great impact on our students!” “This conversation is making an important difference; it will continue,” stated Western Oaks art teacher Staci Craven.
 
Click here to see the slide show of Oklahoma’s peace activities.
 
From K-12th grade, Casady students pledged their commitment to SEE PEACE in acts of kindness, service, and non-violence.

Older students also viewed the video by Jeremy Gilley, PEACE ONE DAY before pinwheel making. Carmen Clay, Service-Learning Director, stated, “Students realized that this day is working because it is saving lives and creating a desire for intentionally kinder communities and a self-patrolling non-violent way of life.” Anne Josette Hill, Casady freshman, commented, “I personally befriended a former rival over a pile of half finished pinwheels.”  Primary Division Director, Mrs. Jane Sharp stated, “Dr. 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. We will be celebrating this important date every year with our youngest students here at Casady.” 

2013


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Who Will You Make Peace With?

Peace Day 21 September 2013
Following the incredible success of the Global Truce 2012 campaign, Peace One Day has launched a new theme for 2013: Who Will You Make Peace With?

Peace starts with individual action, and your actions inspire others to do the same. Peace Day 21 September 2013 is a Saturday; it really is an opportunity for all of us to become engaged in the peace process with our families, friends and communities.

By working together and making peace with each other we can improve the quality of our lives. Peace Day is not just about a reduction of violence in areas of conflict, it's also about reducing violence in our homes, communities and schools.

So who will you make peace with? Who will you bring together on Peace Day 21st of September 2013?

Here's what you can do:
1. Raise awareness of Peace Day
2. Take action on Saturday, 21 September 2013
For ideas and resources to help raise awareness of Peace Day and getting involved in the campaign visit the Take Action page.
TAKE ACTION
 

Casady Lower Division, Peace Day 2009
The Casady Service-Learning Program, the Casady YAC and Casady Youth LEADERS share a common goal stated by the Casady Primary Division in 2012: Global Peace Begins in the classroom.  


The Casady Service-Learning Program will promote screenings of the Peace One Day film.  Provide resources for pinwheels for peace to be created at all divisions and to be planted around campus and at OCU's Giant Pinwheels for  Peace Garden on 9/20,  (Goal for Casady 1,000 reflective pinwheels: Inner and Global Peace).  Boys and Girls Club, Casady Summer By the Lake and Youth LEAD OKC made 200 pinwheels in the month of July.



Casady Lower Division Peace Day 2011

Peace Stone Soup Project: 12 Days for Peace @ Casady School Service-Learning Office: Volunteers Needed

"Creating Space and Time that brings out the talents of a diverse community to focus on something even better that can feed us all" Acts of Faith by Eboo Patel, page 68



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Adults and youth IDP organizers needed.  Contact Carmen Clay at clayc@casady.org; 405-520-1325.  Organizing meeting for IDP @ OKC Festival 2013 is at the Casady Wing, Monday, August 5th at 4:30 PM-6:30 PM.  http://www.casady.org/document.doc?id=115.  Enter through the Britton Entrance, park at the Chapel Parking Lot.  The Casady Wing/Service-Learning and Student Center are east of the Casady chapel.