Promote Peace!

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On September 21, take a stand against bullying by participating in Peace One Day. Filmmaker Jeremy Gilley started Peace One Day in 1999 with the goal of establishing the first annual day of global ceasefire and nonviolence. “There is all kinds of violence in the world,” Gilley says. “Bullying is a serious problem among teens.”

Gilley recently visited Scholastic’s headquarters to talk about what teens can do to promote peace in their communities. He says all you have to do is choose one peaceful act to carry out, and then tell someone else to do the same thing. Something as simple as deciding not to argue with a parent or a sibling, or organizing a friendly game of basketball among your peers can go a long way in fostering peace.

“What happens on that one day goes on to the next day and the day after that,” Gilley says. Eventually, the good deeds will be piling up all over the world. For more information, go to www.peaceoneday.org.

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