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The Kid's After Hours Program Promotes Peace Within School and Community with the "Peace Project" | Community Spirit

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The Kid's After Hours Program Promotes Peace Within School and Community with the "Peace Project"
The Kid's After Hours Program Promotes Peace Within School and Community with the "Peace Project"

Kid's After Hours is an after school care program at Highland View Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. Inspired by peace, Glenn Clevenger, Director of Kid's After Hours developed the project with the goal of promoting peace by taking photos of the children's hands, splashing them with paint, and displaying them in a museum fashion.

"My main goal is to promote peace and respecting others in the classroom, outside of the classroom, in the home, in the neighborhoods, and for everyone to treat others the way you would want to be treated," says Clevenger.

But who knew that Clevenger's bright idea could come from something so small. "Right now the school is promoting personal space in the classrooms and within whole community," says Clevenger. "I saw a peace sign shirt that a kid was wearing and had a vision of promoting it throughout the school, it was then that I came up with the idea of splashing paint on the kids’ hands and making peace signs."

Not only did the kids have a great time making the project, but they seem to be learning from it too. "The kids here are taking it seriously. They love the art aspect-- putting paint on your hands, and they really think about their actions before doing something wrong," says Clevenger. "The children had an awesome time doing it, plus they understand the importance of promoting peace both at home and in their community."

The project is on display in the school cafeteria so that every child and staff member can view it throughout the day.

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