Children's House Montessori School Hikes for Peace

By Kristin Sidwell | Sep 24, 2013
Photo by: Rick Thackeray Children's House families head up Beech Hill together

Nearly 100 students, family members, faculty and staff from the Children’s House Montessori School gathered for Children’s House’s second annual Peace Hike on Friday, September 20 to celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace.

A perfect sunny morning saw children, adults and even infants in carriers make their way up to the house at the top of Beech Hill Preserve where families shared snacks, played with “peace pinwheels” specially created by the children, and sang songs of peace.

Peace education is an important part of the Montessori curriculum for all ages. Dr. Maria Montessori, the founder of Montessori education was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to advance world peace. As part of this commitment to peace, every year Montessori schools all over the world join thousands of other people, schools and organizations to celebrate the International Day of Peace. Children’s House in Camden joined these celebrations eight years ago with a Peace Parade down Elm Street. Since then, their celebration has evolved to include a peace ceremony at the school where children share their wishes for peace and the whole-school Peace Hike.

The International Day of Peace provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. It was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first “Peace Day” was celebrated in September 1982. Peace Day now includes millions of people, and each year events are organized to commemorate and celebrate this day.

The Children’s House Montessori School, celebrating its 34th year, is an independent school located in downtown Camden. Its mission is to provide an educational culture that respects the child’s innate desire to learn and fosters curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking while preparing every child to become a thoughtful, independent and compassionate citizen. For more information about Children’s House please visit www.camdenmontessori.org or call 236-2911.

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