Column: Sherwood High School Peace Pole planned
Kailey Furino is Sherwood High School's awareness director.
As we fight through this time of uncertainty, Sherwood High School is introducing a peace pole as a point of unity. There are several peace poles scattered throughout Sherwood, and soon there will be one at the new high school.
The Sherwood Rotary has generously funded not only this pole, but over 30 other poles around Sherwood. A peace pole is a visual reminder for people to think, speak, and act in peaceful ways by displaying the phrase "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in several different languages. The Peace Pole Project was founded in 1975 in Japan by Masahisa Goi, author of the Universal Message and Prayer, May Peace Prevail On Earth, and founder of The World Peace Prayer Society.
The Sherwood Rotary hopes that these poles allow people the opportunity to reflect and preserve peace within our community. Sherwood High School's Student Council members want this pole to represent unity and peace among our students and staff.
They have selected to display the languages of English, French, Spanish, and American Sign Language on the pole, to show the ways in which our school is diverse yet unified and accepting of everyone. Hopes are high that high school students will see this as a chance for them to rally together and accept one another.
We are excited to announce this project and bring it to life during our upcoming school unity week, which is set to take place the week of Jan. 18.
Sherwood High School and the Sherwood Rotary understand how difficult it has been for many during this past year, but we are together from afar and now unified through our new peace pole.
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