The Dorset Peace Pals win Peace Prize
The Dorset School "Peace Pals" program was initiated in 1997 under the direction of Diana Jackson.
A quote from a student:
It is a privilege to be a Peace Pal because we get to help people and help contribute in making Dorset a peaceful and a nicer place to be. Our job is to patrol the schoolyard and make sure that everyone is having fun and to make sure that everyone is safe. If there is a problem we can help the kids solve it by being a neutral mediator at the peace table. The peace table is a place that kids go when they need help resolving their conflicts. We have a peace path that they follow by answering the questions that it asks. The path helps the Peace Pals get both sides of the story and makes it easier for the Peace Pals to make suggestions on a resolution. The kids end up solving their own conflict by using the peace path and with a little help from a Peace Pal. With Peace Pals, kids enjoy coming to school.
Being a Peace Pal is a big responsibility but in the end it is worthwhile because we get to make a difference and make Dorset a very peaceful school.