At our school we have a Peace Team, and it is a great way to help others and make our good school even better. Kids who are in fifth grade get to be a part of this group, and we work with our school youth counselor, Mrs. Phoebe Arancio.
We first learn how to be part of a group and be able to accept others in our group and appreciate one another. We meet each Wednesday during our recess, and we talk about different ways we can raise money for our school events and help Mrs. Arancio develop character lessons for the younger kids. A big part of the club is how to stop bullying.
We had some questions for Mrs. Arancio:
How does it feel being the Peace Team leader?
It is really exciting because Peace Team members have a lot of energy. It’s like a box of chocolates — you never know what their skills are.
What is your favorite project to do with Peace Team?
I like projects where everybody is participating, being creative and feeling inspired. I also love doing mindfulness projects. I absolutely love making the glitter jars and kindness rocks.
Do you prefer Fall Peace Team or Spring Peace Team and why?
I like both because in the fall, the holiday food drive starts, and in the spring, there is the Heifer Fundraising Project and spring cleanup.
Would you rather teach character lessons to the different grade levels or spend more time working on Peace Team, and why?
I prefer both because I love to see all the kids in school when doing character lessons, and Peace Team because the members are so creative. I love when Peace Team kids bring in friends that are not on Peace Team.
Eileen DeCarmine’s fifth-grade class, Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School, Miller Place