Posted by Cher Cruz (South Jeffco)
Epic Ethics for Peaceful Schools
I was so moved while attending the Interact conference this month. Millie Walkenhorst of Legend High School gave the opening inspiration that will forever live in my heart.
She began her inspiration with a quote by Mother Teresa Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love.Millie then shared a family story that had been passed down over several generations about her Great Aunt Alice. An ordinary story about an ordinary woman who performed an ordinary act of service with great love. 
Our district has over 50 Interact clubs and many of those clubs were in attendance from all corners of Colorado.  During a panel discussion, students shared their experience and advice.  I was struck by the common theme.  The acts of service these students participated in had a profound impact on their hearts and minds.  The service projects the students liked most were the ones where they spent time and conversation with another person including volunteering at senior living centers and our very own Peaceful Schools program.
The magic of Peaceful Schools is the connection it brings in our own communities.  I have had the opportunity to visit many ongoing programs across the state and am struck by the wonderful program champions we have in District 5450.  Our Rotarians love connecting with the high school students.  And, the high school students get such a hero’s welcome from the elementary students.  The teachers and principals from those elementary schools too are thrilled with the community building this program brings as well as the literacy component and the great ethics it instills.  
Our next meeting will be on December 11th at 3pm at:  6801 S. Yosemite Court, 2/F large conference room.  We will be going over best practices for our program and answering questions.  Please come join us to learn more.   
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