Seat students on the rugs in front of you. Ask children to get a partner and have them do a pair-share about what they think the Peace Resource Center is, and what it’s for. Then ask students what they heard their partner say. Summarize the ideas. That we are here to help all kinds of people, young and old, far and near learn about peace, about justice, and to encourage people to take care of the earth. We believe in nonviolence; Do you know what that is? It means that there are kinder and smarter ways to solve problems than hurting others or using weapons. So we welcome you; we’re glad you’re here, and we hope that you will make many visits back here.
approx 4 min, total 10 min
Read over the prepared agenda, then give students a very quick stretching time.
Reach for the sky, touch your toes, twist side to side, crouch down, jump up once, turn around, sit down.”
3 min, total 13 min
Ruby Bridges, Nonviolent and Brave
Gather students in a clump, and begin a discussion:
“When someone is unkind to you, what do you sometimes feel like doing?” (Be unkind back, hit, tell on them, etc.)
“Today you’re going to hear about a girl who was very brave, even when she was very young. Her name is Ruby Bridges. Have you heard of Ruby? I think of her as a Peace Hero because when people were unkind, she did not do something back. Ruby has a really amazing story.”
2 min, total 82 min.
Read Ruby Bridges Goes to School: My True Story or
The Story of Ruby Bridges : (story takes 9 min, total 91 min)
(or show YouTube of the book https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4F3sr5f-EQ
Discuss the book
“How do you think you would have felt when:
the Marshalls came to your house?
the crowds said mean things?
you were the only child in your classroom?
if you decided that you wanted to learn as much as you could anyway?
What made Ruby’s actions so important?
(When she bravely went to school alone each day, and did her work as a student, she showed people that it didn’t matter what color her skin was. It started to change the minds of people that didn’t want white and black children to learn together.)