Creating Peace in their Schools

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Fourth-graders in the Riverhead Central School District are talking to their peers about antibullying and making a difference as members of the Peacemakers Club, an extracurricular offered at Phillips Avenue and Roanoke Avenue elementary schools. 

Throughout the months of October and November, the Peacemakers visited classrooms in their respective schools to read Bob Sornson and Maria Dismondy’s book “The Juice Box Bully” to fellow students. Following, they encouraged their peers to sign an antibullying poster as a pledge to be kind to one another and speak up for classmates who need help. 

During their lunch periods, the altruistic fourth-graders meet with club adviser Shannon Kutner, a social worker at Roanoke who works with the Riverhead Community Awareness Program. They use this time to make antibullying posters and plan antibullying campaigns, including an annual kindness initiative that will kick off in January. 

As part of the application process to become a Peacemaker, students must answer questions such as, “What can I do to be a role model in my school?”