Peaceful Playground

$3,475 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 38 people in 8 months
Created December 14, 2018
Our kids need a safe, positive, and inclusive playground to thrive at school.

Starting this January, grade 7 and 8 students at Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School will be trained as Peacekeepers to help younger students find peaceful ways to solve problems in the playground. The program is run by parent volunteers and supported by teaching staff.

The Peaceful Playground is a place where our kids find fun, laughter, play, kindness, respect for differences, praise, talking and listening, apologies, forgiveness, sharing, and help. 

Funds are needed for training materials, incentives, and rewards for student Peacekeepers. We'd like to reward younger kids, too, when they successfully build peace in the playground. Your donations will provide students with Peacekeeper vests and peace packs (notepads, timers, badges, stamps, stickers), pizza parties, movie passes, and training certificates. We also need equipment for the playground: two signposted peace tables where students can talk and listen to each other to work out their differences. 

Please support the Peaceful Playground and ask family and friends to pitch in. It makes a great gift alternative.

Thank you for being part of Parkdale's Peaceful Playground, the root of a strong community.
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Our first press!! Thank you toronto.com and to our VP at Parkdale P.S. Mr. Geoffrey Moreira. We are so proud of our Peacekeepers. www.peacefulplayground.ca

Please click below to read about our program, and its impact on the students at Parkdale P.S. :

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We are prepping for our May 22 Peaceful Playground training session!

The last class of grade 7 & 8 students at Parkdale P.S. will receive a morning workshop with the Peaceful Playground lead team, and learn about conflict resolution, how to model leadership, reflecting on responsibility, and how to issue a gold-level apology. We integrate professional young actors in our training workshop, to lead role-play scenarios with the students so they can work out different playground mishaps, and figure out how they would handle them. It is amazing to watch the students light light up during this segment - it is so exciting and fun to work with the actors, and usually a first-time experience for these students. The impact the role-play segment has is undeniable when the students do their turns as Peacekeepers at our school.

We are in month four of piloting Peaceful Playground at Parkdale P.S., and are blown away by the benefits the program has provided all students, far exceeding our hopes and expectations.

Thank you so much for your generous support - we are just $605CAD short of our GoFundMe goal! Please share our program and uplifting story with anyone whom you think might help us get there.

With deepest appreciation,

Lenni and Erika
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Three days ago, Peaceful Playground received a leadership gift from a friend, Don Tapscott. His $1,000 contribution propels us closer to our fundraising goal for this year. Thank you, Don!

And thank you to everyone who has contributed to the campaign. We now have $3,335 towards our $4,000 goal so we can carry on with the training program and give meaningful incentives and rewards to the Parkdale students who are helping out as Peacekeepers on the playground.

Our third and final training for the school year is coming up, which means that every grade seven and eight student at Parkdale will be equipped with conflict resolution skills.

In five simple steps, when younger children are finding it hard to cooperate in the playground, Peacekeepers use a process that looks like this:

1. Invite the children involved to walk over to the peace tree
2. Each child takes a turn to say what's bothering them, while they place a hand on the peace tree
3. Peacekeeper repeats what the child said so they know they’ve been heard
4. After each child has had a turn to talk, Peacekeepers ask, “What should happen next?”
5. When children find a solution, they get a Peaceful Playground hand stamp!

We’ve had amazing feedback from the students who have been part of the program. Peacekeepers are positively thrilled to have a meaningful role during outdoor playtime—they are interacting with younger students, gaining trust and respect from their peers and teachers, and taking their place as the natural leaders of the schoolyard.

It wouldn’t be surprising if success in the Peaceful Playground has ripple effects in other parts of their lives and communities, too.

We are looking ahead to September 2019 now. Over the next few months, we’ll be exploring the possibility of setting up a more formal structure for Peaceful Playground to sustain the program in the long run. Please stay tuned…

… And in the meantime, connect with our social media pages for more updates:

Everyone’s a Peacekeeper.
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April showers bring...new Peacekeepers!
The third and final grade 7/8 class at Parkdale PS will receive their Peaceful Playground training: a full-morning workshop on conflict resolution, and learning our simple 4-step mediation process. A diverse cross-section of professional young actors leads the trainees through improvised scenarios, in which they role-play how they will deal with potential playground issues. At the end of their training, they each receive a certificate indicating they are qualified Peacekeepers.
Your contribution to our program is vital in paying for the program, training, and nominal administrative costs to keep us going.
On behalf of all Parkdale students, thank you!
Everyone's a Peacekeeper.
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Raised by 38 people in 8 months
Created December 14, 2018
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