To help create a more peaceful world, the mission of PeaceMaker Minnesota is to help schools be safer places, free from bullying and harassment, and to help youth learn positive relation skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.
On behalf of our many English Language Learners at Dayton Elementary, I would like to thank you for your funding to support all of our learners with social instruction and experiences, including at-risk students.
The students I work with live primarily in an isolated neighborhood with very limited opportunity for “events" and enriching experiences. Your funding allows us to bring high energy and powerful theater and interactive programming into the school. When programming is accomplished "on site" we have full participation of all students and create a stronger school climate.
Dayton's programs funded by PeaceMaker are extremely student focused, so the students often feel the programs are uniquely and individually created. Bullying, self-esteem, and social conflicts are common issues everywhere, but we are able to create unique experiences, just for Dayton, via active student participation and student voices. My students already feel marginalized, so need to be included at school in full and engaging activities where they can be fully valued by peers. My students enjoy the programs and take their lessons beyond the school day. Thank you for your continuing support.
Heather Kurth ESL Teacher Dayton Elementary May 23, 2016