June 1, 2022
This project was a collaborative effort.
Funds from four generous sources (three Rotary clubs and UNA-USA), the Peace Pole from www.worldpeace.org (Ann Marie) and the site at Staples High School (Principal Stafford Thomas and student Michael Pontoriero).
Michael remembered seeing “Peace Poles” at Town Hall, and on college tours. They say “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” in a variety of languages. The first was in Japan, in 1955.
He did some research, and learned there are more than 200,000 around the world — including Hiroshima, the Pyramids, and the Pentagon.
“Who doesn’t want peace?” he wondered. He vowed to bring one to Staples.
The project took a year to complete. He worked with Dennis Wong of Westport’s Sunrise Rotary Club, and Bill Haas of the United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut
Thanks to all who participated in this project.
Westport Sunrise Rotary
Rotary E-Club of World Peace
Staples High School