My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Childrens Peace Education and Community Enrichment Center, Kearney, MO, USA
The Peace Mobile served our school, King Springs Elementary, for 5 years and our teachers' comments showed that teachers found this one of the most worthwhile programs ever brought to our school. It was full of hands-on experiences which provided creative opportunites. The children made masks to show their feelings, designed flags for world peace, published their own Peace books, created wonderful imaginative objects out of recycled materials..and so much more….all for peacemaking through the arts.
The children were excited about the Peace Mobile each time it came, even though we had it several years in succession. We actually gave a pre and post test to kids one year to measure the effectiveness of the program and found that it raised awareness of their actions to a very large extent. The children became more aware of their words and actions, of new and better ways to handle their emotions, and became aware of the extent to which their actions (either peaceful or not peaceful) affect their world.
We have hoped for a permanent housing of the Peace Center since our school was no longer able to set up the exhibits in our media center with our growth and new media projects which took precedence. We have been waiting to hear that the Peace Center could welcome us to "their house" since we were physically no longer able to welcome them to ours. We love you, Peace Center!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
raising awareness of children regarding how their actions and words bring either peace or violence into their world; how they have the power to make choices which are peaceful; showing children they have the power to take charge of how to express emotions and to address grievances with others in peaceful terms. This is a long-term and on-going initiative. To effect change, that is necessary.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them a permanent home so that we could visit there each year. Give them a strong volunteer base so that they can remain true to making it very personal for each child (no more than 4 children to one adult).