The following Peace Pledge was written by teachers Hillary Squier and Joan Koster for their students. It is intended for young children, but wouldn't it be wonderful if our world leaders took this pledge too?
I pledge respect to everyone
Not just to those I know.
Family, friends, and neighbors
All need my help to grow.
I will listen when you speak
Although I disagree.
If I have nothing kind to say
I'll keep my words to me.
I will apologize when I cause hurt
Forgive when I hurt others.
Though different skin or hair or eyes
We are all sisters and brothers.
I will be kind to living things,
Take care of the world around me.
Play safely, kindly with my friends
And make my choices wisely.
I'll be a peacemaker day and night
And act in a caring way.
If each of us believes we can,
Real peace could happen today!
Do you have a peace pledge you say with your children? Share it with us.