PINE RIVER -- "What side of a cat has the most fur? The out-side!" shared Pine River Elementary School student Ryan Wynn at the school's Peace Week program Friday.
As part of a program held in the gymnasium Friday, several students told jokes to the student body to stick with the day's "Humor" theme. Also part of the program were a slide show, music and drawings for lunch with Principal Jean Weis-Clough. The celebration was topped off with a "peace" of cake before students lined up to participate in the homecoming parade.
Pine River Elementary School and other area schools participated all week in a community-wide emphasis on anti-violence and promoting peace, sponsored by St. Joseph's Foundation. Goals for the week's events were to reduce violence through increasing awareness, changing attitudes and changing behaviors.
Students did their part toward creating communities of peace by participating in activities throughout the week based on themes for each day. In keeping with Monday's theme of "Kindness," "Hands are for Helping" banners were created with student's handprints. Tuesday students read stories about heroes with "Courage," and Thursday's theme was "Diversity."
"Compassion" was the theme for Wednesday with students receiving "compassion coupons" by showing acts of compassion toward others. For instance, a fourth-grader helping a kindergartner with his locker might receive a coupon that could later be exchanged for a Hershey's "Hug."
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