Helping to Create Peace in their Schools

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Fourth-graders members of Roanoke and Phillips Avenue elementary schools’ Peacemakers Club are making a difference in their respective schools by talking to their peers about antibullying. 

During the months of October and November, the Peacemakers spent time visiting classrooms in their respective schools and reading the book, “The Juice Box Bully” by Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy. Following the reading, the Peacemakers then urged their fellow students to pledge to be kind to each other and speak up for classmates who need help by signing an antibullying poster. 

The students also worked during their lunch period with Peacemakers Club adviser Shannon Kutner, who is a Riverhead Community Awareness elementary school social worker, to make antibullying posters and plan other antibullying campaigns, including an annual kindness initiative that they will kick off in January. 

To become a member of the Peacemakers Club, students are required to participate in an application process that involves answering questions such as, “What can I do to be a role model in my school.”