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The American School of Tegucigalpa Celebrates International Day of Peace

By Nena de Alvarado
The American School of Tegucigalpa Celebrates International Day of Peace

The American School of Tegucigalpa (A.S.T.) is a student-centered institution that seeks to form citizens well-prepared for the world. One of the main objectives of A.S.T. is to offer students a safe, peaceful environment in which they can develop their learning process and become socially responsible with the inner force of character as their motivation for success.
The international Day of Peace has been celebrated at A.S.T. during the last week of September as a school-wide campaign for the past 8 years.
This year, one of the highlights of the campaign was the inauguration of a peace pole with a special ceremony. Peace Poles are planted around the world in many different institutions and schools; they serve as silent reminders of each person’s responsibility to contribute to world peace.
The event was sponsored by the Character Education Office of the School. In the ceremony, students listened to an inspiring message from the Elementary Social Studies professor, who explained to the audience the importance of starting to build peace from within.
A touching poem was recited by a fifth grader. He spoke of children living in war situations, who wish to see a clear, starry night instead of bombers circling in the sky. Students observed a minute of silence in order to honor peace and to pray for it to reign on Earth. One of the attending parents played the school’s song on his trumpet, and the Peace Pole was unveiled by two fifth-grade students.
The A.S.T. peace pole has four sides on which is written the prayer “May peace prevail on Earth” in English, Spanish, French, and German. This Peace Pole is one of more than 200,000 poles planted around the world. Teachers will visit it throughout the year to develop lessons with their students about the common wish for world peace.
The A.S.T. Peace Pole is a mute, symbolic monument standing on school grounds that will remind everyone in the community that peace is in our hands. Each one of us needs to be a peacemaker starting at home, learning to solve our conflicts and controlling our anger in order to live in peace.
Nena de Alvarado is Character Education Program Coordinator at A.S.T.

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