May 9th, 2013
On a bright sunny morning day in the town of Colusa, California, a Peace Pole was dedicated at Burchfield Primary School. The entire student body (400 students) assembled on the school campus lawn to take part in the program which started with the Presentation of Colors. The students sang a few songs dedicated to peace followed by a welcome message by the Principal. Captain Renee Marie, Peace Representative of WPPS, spoke next about the mission of peace we all carry out into the world and introduced Fumi Johns Stewart, Executive Director of WPPS who made a short remark to the students.
Gloria Lopez who lives in the neighboring town of Williams has made it her mission to plant Peace Poles since the death of her son who was deployed in Afghanistan. To date she has been instrumental in planting 6 Peace Poles and is ready to add 2 more to the list this summer. Gloria invited, Amy Maldonado, a student at the local Colusa High School to take on the Peace Pole dedication project as her Senior Project.
The dedication ceremony closed with all the students coming up to the Peace Pole to place a peace rock they had created for this occasion. Burchfield Primary School has now joined the network of Schools that have planted Peace Poles around the world.