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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.


El Toyon Elementary - National City, CA
At the beginning of each school year, a number of elementary schools in the National School District made the decision to become PeaceBuilders.

After months of researching various character education programs, one school principal in the district, Mr. Manuel Machado at El Toyon Elementary, chose PeaceBuilders as the program his school would put into practice. The goal was to assist teachers and staff in their ongoing efforts to strengthen not only the students’ academic progress but to build stronger relationships and pro-social skills at the same time: to create an atmosphere where staff work together to help children build a culture of peace.

After El Toyon joined the PeaceBuilders family, five other schools in the district studied their findings and made the same choice. All six schools now proudly display their own individual PeaceBuilders banner proclaiming their mission to build peace in their schools and in their community of National City.
Principal Manuel Machado and Counselor Lisa Tostado head the program at El Toyon.
Principal Albert Mendivil is the chief PeaceBuilders coordinator at Las Palmas.
At Lincoln Acres, Principal Deborah Costa-Hernandez and Counselor Amalia Hernandez are the primary PeaceBuilders liaisons.
The PeaceBuilders coordinator at John Otis School is Principal Gloria Madera.
At Olivewood Elementary, Principal Luz Vicario and Assistant Principal Steve Sanchez coordinate the PeaceBuilders team.
Rancho de la Nación School has Principal Dr. Cindy Waters and Counselor Lisa Tostado to lead the program.
All six of these schools have started the year with a strong focus on building peace. Each site has formed a PeaceBuilders leadership committee to facilitate the program and keep it vital.

They are training not only their teaching staff, but their support staff as well to ensure that adults all across the campus are using the same common language and tools to reinforce PeaceBuilders all day and in all locations. And they are working hard to get the PeaceBuilders message into the homes of the children at their schools.

A few of the sites have already started a PeaceCoach program for fourth and fifth grade students to build leadership skills and to ensure that their ideas are considered as PeaceBuilders is developed at their site. This is a sure fire way to guarantee that older students are invested in the PeaceBuilders program.

It is a pleasure to partner with schools like these in the National School District. They have made PeaceBuilders a foundation for behavior and character. The adults take seriously their responsibility as PeaceBuilders role-models, and the children are working with them to increase peace and improve the climate at their schools.

We praise these six schools for their conscientious efforts to build peace and to convince children that they have the power to alter their own environment toward the good. Well done National School District. We are not complete without your peace!

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