The Peace Bell Foundation in Hopewell Junction is celebrating its 10th Anniversary and will begin this fall seasons with Peace Poles being planted/dedicated at Fishkill Plains Elementary Sept 20th and NFA North in Newburgh. Beginning this year, with encouragement from the Yale Consortium Peace Study, that Peace should be initiated in the early grades, we have now developed a 5th grade Peace Essay Contest at Fishkill Plains Elementary and at the 5thgrades of Newburgh’s Elementary Schools.
The following have been the foundations accomplishments these past 10 years.
4 Peace Walks: Across & Along the Hudson
52 + Peace Poles: Made, Planted & Dedicated
Peace Booklet, 24 pages - made in 2012-13 - “Rotary’s Activities Promoting Peace”
Resonate in Love, Ring In Peace Desktop Peace Saying Mini Book
4 Peace Conferences. - 2 Rotary Int. Conf. (Atlanta & Toronto)
Rotary Peace Award at Rotary UN Day 2015-16…
New Initiatives for 2019-2020 and Beyond: Peace Essay Contest, 5th grade - Planting Peace Poles at Elementary Schools
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