Crete-Monee Sixth Grade Center was selected as a 2012 Promising Practices award winner through the Character Education Partnership for their “Peace Week” celebration. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) awarded 297 Promising Practices to schools, districts, and organizations from across the United States, as well as from Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, and Mexico. Winning practices were selected from a record-breaking 537 applications.
“Peace Week” is a week long, school-wide celebration held in January in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The entire school focuses on teaching positive ways of handling conflict and promoting peace throughout the building. Students in each homeroom participate in daily activities that teach tolerance and conflict resolution skills through a variety of methods such as performing skits, writing journal prompts, classroom discussions, and watching video clips. "I am extremely excited to be recognized for this award. We are continually teaching students problem solving skills with our social skills curriculum and I feel it is so important. The theme of our Peace Week activities is a world wide theme – not just in sixth grade. We want our students to learn the importance of conflict resolution as a lifetime skill," said Principal Mary Ann Hurley.
In past years students have created acrostic poems, decorated posters, and signed peace pledges on how to make SGC a safer place. Congratulations to the students and staff at Crete-Monee Sixth Grade Center for earning a 2012 Promising Practices Award and for making the school a more peaceful place!