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PeacePartners, Inc. honors our valued partners by celebrating their passion for peace, their creative ideas, and the wonderful implementation strategies they incorporate.

As we continue to support our partners, it is our privilege to showcase PeaceBuilders sites. Don't just take our word for it. Read about some featured sites as they explored their problems, developed their PeaceBuilders solution, and discovered positive outcomes! We invite you to sit back and explore the fantastic PeaceBuilding events happening throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.


Otay Elementary School - Chula Vista, CA
At Otay Elementary School, staff and students are working together to create a peaceful environment by reducing incidents of bullying.

PeaceBuilders Bully Prevention Clubs were conceived by the awesome counseling staff at this site to promote an inclusive and positive experience for kids at lunch time. The clubs are optional and the schedule is determined by the children's grade: Monday for 1st grade, Tuesday for 2nd grade, etc. After eating and listening to a story, the children work on an arts and crafts activity and learn a new song, all with the focus of building peace and preventing bullying.

This particular meeting focused on Praise.

Third grade club members worked in groups to create PraiseBoards to take back to their classrooms.

It didn't take long for The PraiseBoard to be covered with praises from the children letting their peers know what they appreciate about each other.

 
This beautiful child-made PraiseBoard not only reflects the children's understanding of this important principle, but by creating it themselves they gain a sense of ownership and the likelihood they will want to use it is even greater!

Not only did the children who created the PraiseBoards feel more inclined to fill them up with praise, teachers also embraced the boards even more enthusiastically when children initiated them into the classrooms!

Looking for the good in others is the first step in banishing bullying. When we find something to appreciate, giving up put-downs becomes much easier to do.

We praise the staff at Otay Elementary for continuing to work at preventing bullying in their school and community and for giving all their children a sense of belonging and a safe place to learn and grow.


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