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 relational skills like empathy, respect, cooperation and how to resolve conflicts peacefully.


PeaceMaker’s Matching Funds Service provides resources for schools to implement violence prevention initiatives. Schools use funds to meet the needs and challenges that they determine to be the highest priority for their unique environments. PeaceMaker Minnesota recently paid:

$14,069 to Pinewood Elementary School in Monticello, matching funding that PeaceMaker received, to help them complete a district-wide implementation of a Social-Emotional Learning Program at Monticello Public Schools. Funds will make it possible for them to purchase 30 Second Step curriculum kits for teachers as well as teacher training and support from Committee for Children. Second Step is an evidence-based program that has been shown to be effective at reducing bullying.

Without the help of PeaceMaker’s matching funds, we would not have been able to implement district-wide this year. Thanks to the financial assistance of PeaceMaker, every student in the Monticello School District receives high quality instruction in Social-Emotional Learning, which will lead to improved self-image, social awareness, decision making, self-control, and relationship skills.”

               -Cindy Fasching, Curriculum Specialist/Math Teacher, Monticello Public Schools


$3,000 to S.G. Reinertsen Elementary School in Moorhead, matching funds from the school’s parent group. Funds will help them provide all students with a daily social skills lesson, via videos that teachers share during morning meetings in addition to having a “Day of Compassion” – a retreat for 4th grade students who will then teach younger students lessons in kindness.  


November 22, 2019