Archive for May, 2012

Pages for Peace

May 1, 2012

ImageWhat is world peace? Will there ever be world peace? Where do you see the world in twenty years? What can KIDS do to help create a more peaceful world? What have you done to help create peace in your lifetime? In the spring of 2010, East Bay Citizens for Peace (EBCP) posed these questions to students and staff at Kickemuit Middle School (KMS) who participated in the Big Book: Pages for Peace project. They responded by contributing artwork to what has become the largest book in the world… and it’s all about peace.

The 10 foot by 12 foot book weighs just under 1000 pounds and contains nearly 1000 pages filled with letters, poems and art submitted by people all over the world, including Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, the 14th Dalai Lama, Helen Caldecott and former President Jimmy Carter. More than 2000 submissions were received from refugees, students, teachers, veterans including General Peter Pace, retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, politicians including Senator John Kerry and the late Senator Edward Kennedy, and celebrities such as singer Pete Seeger, poet/writer Maya Angelou and skateboarder Tony Hawk.

The Big Book project began in 2004 by the Bookmakers and Dreamers Club, an after school enrichment program for middle schoolers at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, and is now complete. A special “First Look at the Big Book” event is planned for June 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Groton-Dunstable Regional Middle School, 344 Main Street, Groton, MA. Members of EBCP and participants from KMS will be in attendance for the unveiling. After the ceremony, the goal is to display the Big Book in museums for other children to see. President Jimmy Carter has already offered to display it in his presidential library in Georgia.

Achieving world peace is never an easy task, but neither is creating the biggest book in the world. It seems kids have a lot to teach us too! For more information on EBCP and how to get involved, please go to www.eastbaycitizens4peace.org.

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