Turtle Creek fifth graders chosen as ‘Peace Mentors’

Savannah Perkins

Savannah Perkins

Jacob Prado

Jacob Prado

DELAVAN — A pair of Turtle Creek Elementary School fifth graders have been selected as Peace Mentors by Peace Learning Circles, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes a culture of peace through education to youth and communities.

Jacob Prado and Savannah Perkins earned the nod from their school, bringing the total number of Delavan-Darien School District Peace Mentors to four. (DDHS sophomores Adam Drefs and Max Grover also received the award recently.)

The students were chosen for the organization’s Dream Keeper award because they have continually been positive role models in their school.

Both were invited to the Gateway Technical College Kenosha campus on Monday, Jan. 21, to be recognized at the 19th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration sponsored by the college.

All four DDHS students were formally recognized at the event along with other students from Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties. They also received certificates of recognition at the ceremony.

The celebration’s keynote speaker was Arthel L. Howell, the police chief for the city of Racine Police Department.

Here’s what it means to be a Peace Mentor:

  • A student that is a positive role model to his or her peers.
  • A student that actively helps to create a peaceful classroom and learning environment by listening and helping others follow the classroom and school rules.
  • A student that shows kindness, caring and compassion for others, even when it is not easy.
  • A student that may help to resolve a conflict with his/her peers without violence or put-downs.
  • A student that practices inclusion and a sense of belonging to everyone, regardless of their differences.
  • A student that makes the right choice even when no one is looking.
  • A student that embraces the importance of being part of a valuable team and acts in such ways that insures the success of everyone on the team.

About Peace Learning Circles

Peace Learning Circles is a non-profit organization that teaches values, peace building and conflict resolution skills to youth and adults. PLC establishes safe ways to deal with conflicts and differences, without violence. Started in 2006, PLC has had more than 8,000 students and adults participate its programs from 26 schools in Kenosha, Racine and Walworth counties.

For more information visit: www.peacelearningcircles.com

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