We began these programs in 2016 when Pax Christi Little Rock (PCLR) worked with school counselor Mildred Calhoun to develop a peace curriculum for Little Rock’s Rockefeller Elementary. The following year we worked with Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) and Little Rock School District to expand these non-violence lesson plans and resources for elementary age students. Last year over 15,000 students participated from Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District, and many private schools.
In 2021, schools and students from all over the state participated in Peace Week. We began the Peace Week Art Contest and Peace Week Essay Contest. In our first year we had over 500 entries from all over the state: from Bella Vista to McGehee and Blytheville to Eldorado.
In 2022 we seek to continue offering the programs all over the state.
Here is a summary of programs resources available:
- Peace Week Pledge of Non Violence
- LRSD Arkansas Peace Week Ideas for Your School – 2021
- LRSD Arkansas Peace Week Lesson Plans – 2021
- LRSD Arkansas Peace Week Student Activities – 2021
- Volunteer with Little Rock School District during Peace Week
- Pledge of Nonviolence Lesson Plans
- Peace Week Coloring and Work Sheets
- Online Film: Woodruff: A lesson of non-violence
- Reveille Isgrig from MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History reads “The General” by Jane Charters
- THV11’s Craig O’Neill reads children’s books for Peace Week