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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.

Mountain View Elementary - Layton, UT
When the PeaceBuilders program becomes part of the culture or essence of a school, many other things that go on are filtered through a PeaceBuilders lens. At Mountain View Elementary, they have been building peace so long and so well, that it has become infused into their daily life.

Each day at Mountain View Elementary begins with PeaceBuilders music and the PeaceBuilders Pledge. This sets the tone for peaceful interactions throughout the day.
PeaceBuilders is part of the school’s décor. Murals, artwork, posters, and decorations of all kinds employ and standardize the PeaceBuilders common language.
This huge PeaceBuilders mural is a compilation of photographs of people in the act of building peace.
At this school, all of the PeaceBuilders Principles are taught by example and through real life interactions.
Young PeaceBuilders are given PraiseNotes that let them know exactly which Principle their behavior demonstrated.
Along with giving plenty of verbal praise and PraiseNotes, the folks at Mountain View also practice praising people by recognizing PeaceBuilders students with a “Cool PeaceBuilder of the Week” award.
Each week children’s names are selected from a drawing to receive this award.
And children are also rewarded and praised at the Principal’s Lunch. Each teacher is asked to submit the name of a deserving PeaceBuilder student who then gets to have lunch with Principal Lucinda Wagner.

The young people at Mountain View are exposed to wise people in their community through a program called “Hometown Heroes.” Wise people—heroes of all sorts—are invited to a school assembly where they are presented with a book and certificate.

Older students serve as wise people for younger students through the school’s “Learning Buddies.” Pairs of students (one older and one younger), meet once a week to discuss academic and social issues and to form bonds.

Young people at Mountain View are taught to Give Up Put-Downs to Notice Hurts and to Right Wrongs in a variety of ways including a “PeaceBuilders Notice Hurts” form.
This form is used to reduce incidents of bullying and to make sure children notice the hurts they cause. Once they have taken responsibility for the hurt, they can make sincere amends.
Along with the Notice Hurts form, administration at this site uses PeaceBuilders PeaceTreaties to help restore peace, and they engage in PeaceBuilders lessons with students who’ve broken a rule to help them understand what they could have done differently. At Mountain View, discipline is seen as an opportunity to teach new behaviors.

And to help others, every grade level at Mountain View is involved in a service project. By helping people all around the world, they learn the value of service. The students at Mountain View know that we are made better by the good works we do for others.

To help students become peaceful leaders, a PeaceBuilders student council, comprised of fourth through sixth grade students, helps to direct and organize PeaceBuilding at this school. Their participation ensures that the program stays relevant to young people and fulfills their needs. The students learn valuable leadership and social skills through their participation on the committee.

A lot of PeaceBuilding is going on at Mountain View Elementary where they have been building peace for many years. We praise Principal Wagner, Assistant Principal Kristy Nelson, and all the staff for their consistent role-modeling and teaching of the PeaceBuilders Principles.

A visit to this school provides a wealth of ideas and information about how to infuse PeaceBuilding in daily activities and interactions. PeaceBuilders is not a program they use at Mountain View; it is their way of life. At this school, students learn not only how to excel academically but how to make the world a better place through their daily actions.

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