Hilltop rededicated Peace Pole

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Neighbors | Submitted.Hilltop Elementary School rededicated its Peace Pole in a assembly on May 16. The original pole was placed at Hilltop in the mid-1990s.

Hilltop Elementary School hosted a rededication ceremony for its Peace Pole in a assembly on May 16.

The original pole was placed at Hilltop in the mid-1990s, after kindergarten teacher Francie Kerpsack was inspired by the international Peace Pole Project.

One side of the pole reads, “May Peace Be In Our Homes and Communities.” The wooden pole had weathered and needed to be replaced.

The assembly began with students singing several songs about peace, accompanied on guitar by former Hilltop teacher Nan Midgley. Lisa Zetts, kindergarten teacher and colleague of Kerpsack, told a story about how Kerpsack was a lover of nature, kindness and peace.

Zetts taught the students how to say peace in sign language and students watched a video of staff members saying “May peace prevail on Earth” in a variety of languages.

The children were encouraged to embrace kindness and to believe that peace begins with all of us.

The assembly concluded with the singing of a peace pole song written by Hilltop teacher Charn Creed.

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