2020 International Day of Peace – Going Virtual in September

International Day of Peace Celebration

“Creating A New Way Of Being”

Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza

Friday, September 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm


Gilgamesh The King is our featured book this year.  The Gilgamesh is one of the world’s oldest and most important legends.  The story was first carved onto clay tablets in Mesopotamia.  Its message of compassion, forgiveness, and friendship has echoed through the ages from its origins over 5000 years ago.

Each class attending the International Day of Peace will receive a copy of Gilgamesh the King for their classroom.

Dorothy Paige Turner – award-winning, well-known and highly respected artist and music educator will help students understand how each of us can promote peace and understanding through music and interactive interpretation of the featured story.

History comes to life as veteran actor Carl Towns portrays Lewis Lemon, a freed slave and founder of Rockford.

Sue Crandall – portrays local legend in peace-making history, Jane Addams. Ms. Addams graduated from Rockford College in 1881, and founded and sustained the world famous social settlement Hull-House.

Megan Wells – National Award winning actress and storyteller, presents a story that is part of the plot in Gilgamesh The King – further embellishing our knowledge of ancient cultures and the importance human understanding.

Jim May – Emmy award winning storyteller, teacher, author and Peace Day favorite – We are pleased to welcome Jim back to share his stories of peace and understanding with the children.

Interactive peace-making activities include:

 Center for Non-Violence – will bring 2 mobile labs; the tech lab has computers and music equipment and the art lab is for sketching and drawing encouraging the children to use imagination in peace-related ways.

 Rockford Arts Council – Walk the Chalk! – messages of peace on the bike path at the Peace Plaza

Yoga for Everyone – stretch your body as well as your mind with Tami Bogard

Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department – get to know our Keepers of the Peace

 Rockford’s Sister Cities will share their language, stories and customs

Students can also: “Take the Peace Pledge”, have their passports stamped, do rubbings of the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” from the Peace Poles and meet the peaceful pigeons!

To register your students for this free event contact, space is limited: mailto:Karen.Bieschke@aol.com


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