How to Make Peace

Posted October 27, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

First, buy everything you like such as candy, cats, dogs, books, board games, ice cream.

Find your friends and the things you like from nature.

Then buy tape and super glue and then mend all the wars together and turn them into parties.

Turn bullying into people talking about what they are going to be when they are older.

Most of all, make everybody happy!

Happy is what everybody wants to be, but sometimes can’t.

By Kristine

Student Writing Contest: Poems for Peace

Posted September 1, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

In honor of Conflict Resolution Day, the  Association of Conflict Resolution is sponsoring the following opportunity:

Peace Poem Contest Rules

1. Eligibility. The contest is open to all students in grades 3 – 12.
2. Submission Period. Entries will be accepted between September 1, 2010 and November 1, 2010,11:59 PM Eastern (10:59 PM Central; 9:59 PM Mountain; 8:59 PM Pacific; 5:59 PM Hawaii).
3. To Enter. Write a poem that describes “Peace in My Community”. Please write a title for your poem. Limit your poem to 20 lines. Poems must be in English. Limit: 1 poem per student, 20 per school. Please do not put your name or school on the poem (for fairness in judging).
4. Prizes. Prizes will be awarded in three categories: Grades 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12. First Place: $100. Second Place: $75. (prizes are in U.S. dollars)
5. Announcement of Winners. Winners will be contacted by December 1, 2010.
6. Sponsor. The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. This contest is being sponsored as an activity for ACR’s Conflict Resolution Day. For information about ACR and Conflict Resolution Day, click here.
7. General Conditions.
Poems will not be returned. Entrants should keep a copy of their submissions.
Association for Conflict Resolution assumes no responsibility for entries that are lost, incomplete, misdirected, illegible, or late, or for failed computer transmissions or technical failures.
Association for Conflict Resolution reserves the right, in its discretion, to reject entries that it believes are unlawful, libelous, or would be detrimental to the reputation of Conflict Resolution Day or the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Poems with profanity, obscenity, vulgarity, or anything else which overrides the general norms of civility will not be eligible for prizes.
Entry must comply with all contest rules to be eligible for a prize. The Association for Conflict Resolution reserves the right not to award any prizes.
Selected entries (including those that were not awarded prizes) may be displayed at the ACR National Conference and may be compiled in a poetry book or other form (including electronically) as may be determined by the Association for Conflict Resolution.
Winning students will have the opportunity to submit a digital tape recording of their poem, which the Association for Conflict Resolution may link to its website.
Winners will be selected by a panel of judges named by the Association for Conflict Resolution. The judges will evaluate the entries using the following criteria: exploration of theme, impact on reader, originality, literacy, message. Judges’ decisions are final.

In the Mall of My Mind

Posted June 25, 2010 & filed under Notebook.


In the mall of my mind,
I would sell cars and clothes,
to those who are less fortunate.
I would sell peace
to children with no quiet home.
I would sell wisdom
to this young boy
who is now
the man of the house.

By Marcos, 10th grade
Photo by Bamasusanna via Flickr

My Magical World

Posted April 13, 2009 & filed under Poem of the Day.

There it is, just sitting there
a red and yellow bluebonnet
in the cold windy rainforest
but this is a clue.
The rain is as cold as a
Sunday ice cream sandwich.
Animals will come together
bears and wolves will walk
side by side
the people in the war
will come together
and instead of fighting they will
just talk it out.

By Julius, 4th grade

[Image from Yoko Ono’s website,]

This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.