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Classroom Pledge of
peace must start within ourselves and in our classroom. Each of us,
members of ________________class at ______________________ School, on
this day, _______________________, 20__, commit ourselves as best we can to become
nonviolent and peaceable people.
To Respect Self and Others
To respect ourselves, to affirm others and to avoid uncaring criticism,
hateful words, physical attacks and self-destructive behavior.
To Communicate Better
To share our feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express our anger,
and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with us,
and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having our own way.
To apologize and make amends when we have hurt another,
to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things,
including our pets, with respect and care.
To Play Creatively
To select activities and toys that support our classroom's values and to
avoid activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever we encounter it, whether at
home, at school, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.
This is our pledge. These are our
goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month on the
_____________day of the month for this school year so that we can help each other become
more peaceable people.
"Eliminating violence, one
classroom at a time, starting with our own."
Institute for Peace and Justice
475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119
Phone: (314) 918-2630 --- Fax: (314) 918-2643