Firelands Montessori Academy- Huron, Ohio-USA

May 13th, 2011

I am writing to the Peace Pole Project of The World Peace Prayer Society to share our story about our Peace Pole experience.

My name is Charlotte Loyd, I am a Montessori teacher at Firelands Montessori Academy school in Huron, Ohio. I created the inspiration on this school-wide project.

Our school houses children from toddler age to 8th grade students. We came together for a year long school project to add a Peace Pole to our playground to remind us that we all can make a difference in our world. We wanted to have each child and staff hands on this project. With many great minds working together we decided to make a mosaic Peace Pole. Each child and staff member drew a picture of what they thought peace looked like on a 2×2 tile. Our Peace Pole sends the message MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH in English, Spanish, Korean, and German. These are languages that some of our families at our school. The topper of the Peace Pole is our Earth, which is also our school logo.

On May 13th, 2011 everyone at the school came out to watch our Peace Pole get planted in our playground, around it is a peaceful work for the children. We have placed the Peace Pole in a Zen garden with two benched for the children to create and find peace within themselves and for our world. We ended this planting of the Peace Pole with the children singing “Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me.” It was a very special moment for our school. We shared this with our families at our an end of the year picnic, so the children could share what they created as a whole for our Earth. We are now sharing it with you at the Peace Pole Project to share our part in Peace on Earth. If you would like we would love for you to share our testimony on your website.

Thank you!

Charlotte Loyd