Tucson Kino Rotary Club Celebrates International Peace Day
 
On Tuesday, September 21st Tucson Kino Rotary Club dedicated its second traveling Peace Pole at Santa Clara Elementary School in the Sunnyside Unified School District. The traveling Peace Pole is a 4-foot pole mounted on a base that can be easily moved anywhere in the school. The pole has the word Peace translated into four languages spoken in the Santa Clara Community--English, Spanish, Tohono O’odham Nation, and Pascua Yaqui Tribe.
 
The dedication ceremony was a collaboration among students, teachers, and Kino Rotarians. This dedication is a continuation of Peace building efforts by Emma Carrillo,  a Kino Rotarian and interim principal at Santa Clara. 
 
Students used peace-themed books donated to Santa Clara by Kino Rotary as inspiration to create their own poetry and art work which was shared at the ceremony. It was so enlightening to hear students from Kindergarten to sixth grade share their thoughts about Peace.
 
A Peace Quilt Made By Students
 
The Peace Pole was unveiled by Kino President Dennis Bergquist, Sunnyside Superintendent Steve Holmes, and Sunnyside’s Native American Studies Director, Ernesto Badilla.
 
In keeping with celebrating International Peace Day, Rosette Nabuuma a Rotarian from Kampala, Uganda spoke to the students from Uganda via “What’s App” about peace in her country.
 
Beki Quintero, Sunnyside School Board President and author of In The Peace Garden, presented each classroom with Peace Seeds to create their own Peace Gardens and gifted each student a Peace Garden bookmark.
 
 
To conclude the dedication all attendees took a Peace Pledge and signed Peace Pledge Posters that will hang in the school.

Peace Pledge
I pledge to treat everyone around me with respect, honor, dignity, and with an open mind.
I will refrain from both physical violence and violence of the heart and mind.
I will treat others as I want to be treated, so that we all may reach our fullest potentials.
 
Tucson Kino Rotary thanks District Governor Hank Huisking and Peter Huisking, Past District Governor Ellie Patterson and D5500 Peace Committee Chair Joe Daniszewski for joining us on this special day.