Conflict resolution is a life-long skill that Miller Elementary School feels is important for our students to learn.
Last year, the elementary student council decided to have a “Peace Table” where students could come if they were having conflict with another student. That student would be “invited” to the Peace Table. A student council member or an adult would help at the Peace Table.
The Peace Table meetings were held during recess time so that classroom instruction was not interrupted. A small paper had to be filled out by the student that asked to use the Peace Table. On the paper it said, “My feelings were hurt when:” and “I need you to…”
After the students discussed the problem and resolved it, they would “declare peace.” The student council introduced this to the whole student body by performing a skit that demonstrated how to use the Peace Table. They began to think seriously of having a permanent peace table in the school building.
Jordan Speirs was on the student council at that time and said his dad could build a peace table for us. Bill Speirs took a photograph of a Peace Table that Mrs. Caffee found on the Internet, and he built this for our school.
For the past three days before Christmas break, student council members ran a “School Store” to earn money for this table. They sold notebooks, pens, pencils, erasers, and old chalkboards no longer used. They earned more than enough to pay for their “Peace Table”!
Let there be peace on Earth, and let it begin with our Miller Elementary Students!
Janet Kittelson | The Miller Press
Bill Speirs built the above Peace Table to help Miller Elementary students resolve conflicts with one another.