My name is Jindra Stodola. I am a counselor at Keeven Elementary School in Hazelwood School District. Keeven Elementary students have been enjoying Peace Museum activites for many years. First only a few representatives from Keeven attended Peace Days at the Science Center; however, for the last four years, all Keeven students have the opportunity to actively participate in activities right at Keeven school during our annual Peace Day. Students learn how to be peaceful with each other, how to understand and respect our difference, how to be peaceful in our communities, how to take care of the environment and how to promote peace in the world. Keeven students and staff are very grateful to have the option of this experience!
I am the art therapist at Edgewood Children's Center. This summer was our first experience hosting the Peace Museum and it was a huge success!! The students LOVED all of the activities and, four months later, students are still talking about it and asking when we'll have it back again! Julia Paul is wonderful to work with, very flexible and accomodating to our school's unique needs. We have initiated an anti-bullying campaign and a Peacemakers group in the school and the Peace Museum was a wondeful compliment to and inspiration for these programs. In an agency and in a school where special programs and projects are incredibly scarce due to lack of funding, the fact that the Peace Museum was offered to us at all and FREE OF CHARGE was an incredible gift to us. We look forward to hosting this program again this year (fingers crossed!) and are continually spreading the word about what a great opportunity Gateway To Peace Museum is for our children and our community!!
My name is Christy Toben and I serve as principal of Marian Middle School (www.mms-stl.org). Our mission is to serve young women (grades 5-8) whose families couldn't other access faith-based, high quality education. We've worked with the Peace Museum for the past two year. Their innovative, thoughtful activities are wonderful to teach our students an awareness of social issues and also to help them build positive relationships with each other.