Dear Fellow Peace Builders,
My name is Keshon Blackman. I am 10 years old and in the fifth grade. I am writing this letter because I would like you to come to my school. I go to P.S. 119 in Brooklyn, New York and it is a great school. It is a school filled with peace love and joy.
You should also meet our principal Ms. Fernandez. She is the best principal ever. She is peaceful and very loving. She encourages not only the students but also the teachers and staff to be Peace Builders. We have a Peace Builders pledge that we say every morning. It is to teach the students what is right and what is wrong. For instance, a line from the pledge is: “I pledge to praise people, Give up put downs, Seek wise people”. To me this line means to compliment people, and tell an adult if something is wrong.
I love this school. I came here in 3rd grade thinking that it would be like my old school with: fighting, cursing and disrespecting. When I stepped into the building, I saw beautiful colorful pictures. Then when I went inside the main office I saw peace, peace, peace everywhere! There was this one moment, that moment when Ms. Fernandez, our Peace Principal came and gave me a warm hug. I had this feeling that I never felt before on the first day of school. It has been my feeling for three years even if I’ m having a bad day. I think to myself: Today I am going to have a great day.
Everyday I walk through the halls of PS 119 and I see flags that say: Loyalty, Respect, Justice, Courage, Love, Hope, and Honesty. I learned that these seven traits are what you should always exemplify or try to achieve in life. In reading we use text clues to find and support these traits in the characters we read about. Every Friday we also do yoga in the morning. I think we do it so we can relax our brains and clear our minds for the new things we learn. This school is different. That’s what is so great about it. You don’t have to come to school thinking that it will be a bad day. At PS119 we are Peace Builders. We will remain Peace Builders forever and try to make each day better than the one before.
To sum it up, you really should come to visit my school. It is very peaceful and as Ms. Fernandez says every morning: “May peace prevail on earth”.