Sunday, July 22, 2018

Dear friends,
Today marks the 2-month countdown to Peace Day 21 September 2018.
The Peace One Day office is buzzing with excitement and the team are all incredibly busy trying to make Peace Day 2018 the strongest yet. We have been reaching out to our partners and in turn millions of people, encouraging them to acknowledge the day and promote peaceful action and non-violence across all corners of the globe.
We are humbled by the fact that organisations and individuals alike have voluntarily been reaching out to us to inform us of their Peace Day plans - demonstrating how far we have come in institutionalising this most important of days. With that, I would encourage you all to continue informing us of the commitments you are making to Peace Day and what you are organising to celebrate the day. Together we are stronger, let’s make Peace Day 2018 the biggest yet.
Aside from the important work we are doing in the build up to Peace Day, I am also thrilled to tell you all that we are working hard behind the scenes on an exciting new crowdfunding initiative, which I look forward to explaining further in the coming months!
In peace,
Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

Jeremy was honoured to host and speak at AIESEC’s 2018 Global Youth Speak Forum in Hurgada, Egypt this month. AIESEC is a global youth-led organisation striving to achieve peace and fulfilment of humankind’s potential. Together with partner organisations, AIESEC facilitates cross-cultural exchanges in the form of volunteering experiences and professional internships. Through learning of the Peace One Day journey, there were some inspiring conversations about how to empower a new generation of peacebuilders, around the world.
We have exceeded all expectations in our promotion of the importance of Global Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals. Initially, when we started the Partnerships for Peace Coalition, we wanted to highlight the importance of Goal 17 in raising awareness of Peace Day.
In the month of April 2018, a mere 100,000 people were exposed to #Goal17 on all social media channels around the world. Now, at the end of July, not only do we now have 62 members of our Partnerships for Peace Coalition, but the global monthly social media reach for #Goal17 has just surpassed TWO MILLION people. This is a remarkable achievement and could have only happened with the continued support and hard work of the Partnerships for Peace Coalition.
If you missed our short film about the Coalition last month, please check it out - Click here to see our film.
Please become part of this movement by using #peaceday and #goal17 to share your support with the world.
Please email our Coalition Lead if your organisation would like more information, or would like to join the Coalition -
Peace One Day was in attendance and Jeremy was the Keynote Speaker at UNA-UK's most interactive event of the year, the 2018 ‘Global Britain’ Conference. He shared his experience and expertise on making change in communities at a local, national and international level.
UNA-UK is the foremost advocate for UK action at the UN, the UK's leading source of analysis on the UN, and a vibrant grassroots movement of 20,000 people from all walks of life. The 2018 ‘Global Britain’ Conference has been designed to inform people about UNA-UK’s 'Keeping Britain Global' campaign, with respected policy experts and seasoned activists speaking with a focus on how everyone can make an impact, no matter who you are.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Congratulations to Heather Vick

Portland, Ore.– June 5, 2018 – celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week 2018 by recognizing digital literacy teachers across the country in a special contest that honored educators who teach technology. School administrators were encouraged to nominate a teacher superhero who goes above and beyond to equip their students with the digital literacy skills needed for success on online assessments, in college and in their future careers.
Nominees included classroom teachers, technology specialists, media specialists and school librarians. Heartfelt entries were written and submitted online by principals who praised their nominees’ efforts and recognized the contributions they have made to the students at their schools. Comments from the winning entries included teacher achievements in integrating digital literacy in the classroom such as “uses a variety of tech tools and programs,” “embraced digital literacy this year with passion,” and “because of him our students are able to use technology.”
The winning educators will receive a free, one-year classroom subscription to EasyTech,’s award-winning digital literacy curriculum for grades K-8. Their free access begins on July 1, 2018.
Congratulations go out to these winners:
· Jessica Alonzo, Amerigo A. Anastasia School, New Jersey
 Michael Brennan, Bordentown Regional High School, New Jersey
· Kelsie Chrisco, Cunningham Elementary School, California
· Jessica Clifford, Visitation Catholic School, Illinois
· Ligia Comanescu, Logos Christian Academy, Illinois
· Jennifer Daniels, Willard School, Maine
· Stephanie Droddy, Huebner Elementary School, Texas
· Glory Fox, St. Christopher, New York
· Sophie Gousset, Austin International School, Texas
· Josh Grosskreutz, Manvel Public School, North Dakota
Gloria Harris, O'Bannon Elementary School, Mississippi
· Kathy Hayes, Whitehall Elementary School, Pennsylvania
· Judith Hill, Perkins Bass Elementary School, Illinois
· Nickie Irby, N. H. Pilate Middle School, Mississippi
· Monica Moore, Gunstream Elementary School, Texas
· Teresa Pritchard, West Feliciana Middle School, Louisiana
· Alexandria Saclarides, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Tennessee
Alexandria Saclarides, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Tennessee
· Niki Sarver, Wadsworth Elementary School, Indiana
· Lesa Searles, Service Valley Charter Academy, Kansas
· Dr. Molly Smith, Saint Joseph School, Pennsylvania
· David Staal, Lake Michigan Academy, Michigan
Heather Vick, Casady School, Oklahoma
· KristinaWaara, Arvoon Township Elementary, Michigan
· Kimberly Zavala, Kingwood Middle School, Texas
WHEN: Winners selected Wednesday, May 30, 2018
WHY: In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, the teacher superhero contest gave school administrators an opportunity to recognize the teacher superheroes at their own schools who they see working to help prepare students for success in our increasingly digital world. Providing the winning teachers with a free subscription to EasyTech is’s way of demonstrating its appreciation for the dedication, resources, and creativity it takes to deliver quality digital literacy instruction to students. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Eric McEver'05's Film at DeadCenter, June 9th at 4:45

"I’m writing with good news: my new film “Paleonaut” is screening next month at DeadCenter:

There are two screenings: one on Saturday June 9th at 4:45, the other on Sunday the 10th at 12:45. Both are at the Harkins Bricktown."

Eric McEver
Writer & Director
Ikémen Entertainment

About Eric from

Raised in Oklahoma, award-winning filmmaker Eric McEver relocated to Tokyo during college to pursue a passion for Noh theatre. While working variously as an actor, translator, game developer, and animation producer, he developed an offbeat cinematic vision fusing the languages and idiosyncrasies of his two homes.
Between 2010 and 2012 he created The Sansaku, a bilingual, genre-fusing triptych of experimental films consisting of TutorBuddha Bento, and Out There Somewhere. He further honed his skills at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he wrote, produced, and directed shorts in Japan, Singapore, the United States, and China. His award-winning student film Layover screened at festivals in the United States and Europe.
He recently completed the multi-award winning Paleonaut, a time travel romance inspired by his lifelong affinity for paleontology, and A Utopia, a documentary chronicling a suicide-obsessed Japanese artist. He is currently developing a trio of feature films under his Ikémen Entertainment banner.
Video updates of his work can be found at
Eric can be reached at

Friday, June 1, 2018

Anna's House needs your time and donations

Join Anna's House

There are over 8,600 kids in Oklahoma State custody, and more than 2,000 of them are in Oklahoma County alone. The Anna’s House Foundation aims to provide the children with loving, supportive caretakers and a nurturing home, but we can’t do it on our own. There are so many ways you can join Anna’s House and help support foster children. Whether you are a foster family who has taken in a child in need, an alternate caregiver, a volunteer, or a financial donor, your time and talent is so valuable and necessary to our mission of fostering hope.  

Donate to the Resource Room

Although it may seem like summer is almost here, it’s never too late for some Spring Cleaning!  When you’re cleaning your home of all those unused items, think about donating them to the Anna’s House Resource Room instead of throwing them away. Right now, the Resource Room is especially in need of clothing for boys and girls - ages 5 - 13, as well as size 4 - 6 diapers and pull ups.

These items can be dropped off at our offices or our volunteer coordinator, Britley, would be happy to pick them up from you! Please email her at to make arrangements. Thank you for your generosity!
Arrange a Pickup

Monday, May 28, 2018

Class of 2018: 8,990 hours of giving certified

Thank you for 8,800 certified hours of giving to the Oklahoma City and the world community as of 5/22/2018.  

Best of luck in your future college and gap year experiences.

Kate                  Lewis and Clark College
LukeHarvard University
SamUniversity of Oklahoma
WillUniversity of Arkansas
NiaGeorge Washington University
SarahTexas Christian University
ChloeUniversity of Oklahoma
QuinnGap Year
ParkUniversity of Oklahoma
JackUniversity of Oklahoma
ZacUniversity of Southern California
SarahUniversity of Oklahoma
RyanUniversity of Oklahoma
ReaganUniversity of Alabama
JacksonColumbia University
BlairUniversity of Mississippi
AnthonyUniversity of Central Florida
HannahUniversity of Central Oklahoma
EviSt. Edward's University
JeramiahOklahoma State University
ChrisUniversity of Oklahoma
ChrisKenyon College
NikaSewanee: The University of the South
AzaanUniversity of Oklahoma
GraceLoyola University Chicago
KatherineWashington University in St. Louis
IsabellaCoe College
NoahVassar College
AdamUniversity of Connecticut
NatalieUniversity of Kansas
AngelaUniversity of Oklahoma
NellUniversity of New Mexico
HannahUniversity of Texas - Austin
CammieUniversity of Oklahoma
AlecLoyola University Chicago
SaadUniversity of Oklahoma
CalebUniversity of Oklahoma
JillianDePauw University
CarolineUniversity of Central Oklahoma
AurianOklahoma State University
GabbyUniversity of Oklahoma
DallasUniversity of Mississippi
CameronSeton Hall University
BeiklUniversity of California - San Diego
RyanUniversity of Arkansas
CarlyUniversity of Oklahoma
CarolineTexas Christian University
MargoDavidson College
EthanBentley University
ColtonSaint Michael's College
SharunUniversity of Oklahoma
AvaUniversity of Arkansas
AidanWashington University in St. Louis
TaraOklahoma City University
SanjayLewis & Clark College
JohnTexas Wesleyan University
KatUniversity of Arkansas
CalebBoston Conservatory at Berklee
ChloeNew York University
AbbyVillanova University
BradyMarietta College
JustinColby College
MariamUniversity of Oklahoma
SafraUniversity of Oklahoma
CarolineUniversity of Oklahoma
JackSouthern Methodist University
SavannahAssumption College
MichaelUniversity of Oklahoma
LaurenOklahoma State University
OliviaUniversity of Oklahoma
MilleyNew York University
MagnusPhillips Academy Andover
JackDrury University
GarrettUniversity of Oklahoma
JacksonUniversity of Oklahoma
ChandlerOklahoma State University
MalloryWashington University in St. Louis

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Church of the Servant Needs Volunteers

Volunteers needed to help up in Asian Immersion Camp on  June 11-15 & 18-22 at Church of the Servant. Volunteers receive service hours, daily lunch and camp T-shirt.  Volunteers experience Asian culture and working with 5-15 years old. If interested, please contact Victoria Lee at (405)7FunFun. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

Thank you Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Fryer for your help with this project

Connect. Learn. Take action!
MAY 2018


Peace through Facing Difference—it started with YOU!

We did it! Together, Students Rebuild teams created over 200,000 portraits while exploring their own identity and celebrating those that are different.

The tens of thousands of students who participated in the Facing Difference Challenge not only generated some of the most personal and moving artwork we’ve ever received, but their collective efforts raised $600,000 to support youth peace-building in areas of conflict through our partners CARE and Search for Common Ground.

As a result of your collective action:
  • 570 youth from different backgrounds participated in peace-building camps
  • 137 youth-led community peace projects were funded
  • 8,600 community members were impacted by peace projects in Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and the South Caucasus region
There is even more to celebrate in our Student Impact Report that can be downloaded and shared in classrooms. It captures some fun facts and a small sample of the art we received this Challenge. We’re excited and grateful to celebrate our successes together—and we couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you.

Now that the Challenge is over you might be wondering, “What happens next?!” This month’s newsletter answers that question and provides some resources for you as we wrap up this Challenge and prepare for the next one launching this fall.

Important Dates

  • Facing Difference Art Exhibition at the Figge Museum: August 4 – September 17, 2018
  • Launch of the new 2019 Challenge: September 2018
  • Follow us on social media for other updates and announcements over the summer!

Tell us what you think!

Each year as the Challenge concludes we ask the participants to complete a final survey. This survey helps us improve our program to serve you better, think about new Challenge topics, and much more. If you registered for the Challenge (even if you didn’t submit portraits) we really need your help in completing our final survey. And as a thank you for completing, you will be among the very first to know what our Challenge topic is for next year!
If you registered for the Challenge, you should have received an email from via If not, please check your junk mail folder or let us know you did not receive it at

It's not too late to submit your art!

If your team made portraits for the Facing Difference Challenge but you missed the deadline, you can still have your numbers counted! While your students’ art might not be able to be featured in our final exhibition (see below), it can still be counted towards our goal and your team credited as having completed the Challenge. Here’s how:
If you made portraits for the Challenge but didn’t submit them, you can let us know by filling out this simple submission form. That is the only action needed!
Our registration and submission system will close on June 8 so be sure to submit your numbers today!

Your art in a major museum!

This August, Students Rebuild is excited to be partnering on the Facing Difference culmination with the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa!
In a unique exhibit creatively curated by middle school students from Davenport’s Creative Arts Academy, the Figge will be showcasing thousands of your submitted self-portraits from August 4 – September 17, 2018. Some of the Creative Arts Academy’s unique ideas that will be incorporated into this exhibit will include features like a reflection mirror, walking over a map of the world with highlights for areas impacted by this Challenge, and of course—floor to ceiling portraits!

We’re thrilled to honor the creativity of your students’ arts in this meaningful display at a major museum. Check on social media for more details as the date gets closer.

Teams of the Month - All 843 teams!

Each of the packages we open and the digital submissions we receive have all been more thoughtful, creative, and beautiful than we could’ve imagined when we invited students globally to make self-portraits! This month’s team is every team—honoring every student who braved the art task of a self-portrait to share more of themselves with the world! THANK YOU!
Here are some resources that your team can use to celebrate:
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