Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible—the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family. —Virginia Satir
Once a relatively safe haven for our youth, many schools have become overrun with unchecked aggression and antisocial behavior: from unrelenting bullying to fighting and even weapons use. Among the children we serve, a shocking number cite bullying as a key factor when considering dropping out of school entirely. That is why the Kids-N-Peace program confronts the issue at its source—encouraging peaceful conflict resolution through enlightening books, projects, and presentations by a wealth of influential speakers that bring a world of empowering perspective to many children in search of nonviolent coping mechanisms. For more information, see Kids-N-Peace News.
The KNTR Peace Packs Book Collection is the backbone of the Kids-N-Peace program. This special collection of books is designed to support literacy education, as well as help students cope with bullying, learn peaceful conflict resolution techniques, and develop effective leadership skills. Through the compelling messages of peace and unity presented in these books, as well as the focused projects and presentations offered in the Kids-N-Peace program, Kids Need to Read aspires to provide nonviolent alternatives to as many schools and literacy programs as possible. But we cannot do it alone. While one act of violence can impact an impressionable child, so can one act of generosity forever change a life for the better. With your help, we can continue to educate our youth to the detriments of violence, and arm them instead with tools to build a more harmonious tomorrow. Please consider the following contribution options:
- Provide one Peace Pack book through a donation of $10.
- Provide one Peace Pack book per month through a donation of $10 per month.
- Provide an entire Peace Pack through a donation of $300 per elementary school, or $150 per middle school or high school.
Please visit our donation page to make your KNTR Peace Pack contribution. Be sure to include Peace Pack in the comments section, so that your contribution will be applied correctly.
You can also help to further develop the Kids-N-Peace program and provide Peace Packs to schools across the nation through the purchase of hand-forged copper Peace bookmarks and bracelets designed especially for Kids Need to Read by Marisa Grieco, Urban Blacksmith.
Counselor, Children First Academy, Tempe, Arizona
May 27, 2014
I wanted to thank you for having the opportunity to work with “Kids Need to Read” this past school year. Having access to such terrific books allowed me to develop a fun, engaging and deeply meaningful Guidance Program for our students. Going into the classrooms with books that focused on bullying, friendship, caring about others, having tolerance and the old classics like anger management and making good decisions was inspiring not only for me as a School Counselor but for the students and Teachers as well. The books graciously donated to our school allowed me to introduce these topics through storytelling and role playing while creating a foundation for great discussion among the students. The icing on the cake was that the students got to read and develop an appreciation for what reading can do for each of us.
The highlight of the year was having guest speakers like Steven Riley visit our school. His high energy, extremely engaging storytelling and humor made a huge impression on the students. The excitement generated was not only for the books he wrote but for each student now wanting to write their own stories and create their own unique characters, which was truly amazing. Your assistance in coordinating other speakers to talk about bullying and the impact it made on their lives was a validating experience for our older students and tied into the books we read as a group perfectly.
Having this partnership with “Kids Need to Read” was an invaluable resource for our school and I can't thank you enough for motivating our students to value the written word.
In addition to supporting Kids Need to Read in this initiative, you can advocate at your local schools and community organizations for a variety of programs that encourage respectful conflict resolution. The children of today will shape the world of tomorrow. Together, we can provide them with the tools needed for a peaceful, productive future.
Peace Packs Book Collection
- Sundt Foundation Awards $2,500 Grant to Kids-N-Peace Program
- Kids Need to Read Receives $2,000 John F. Long Foundation Grant
- KNTR Receives Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity Award for Community Service
- Kids Need to Read Inspires Phoenix Area Students to Read
- The Little Flame Inspires Peace Tree at Smith Junior High
- Kids-N-Peace: Anti-bullying Poster Contest
- Kids-N-Peace: Arizona BookPALs Read for Peace
- KNTR Receives American Woodmark Foundation Grant
- Steven Riley: Slapstick Story Creation
- Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund Awards $2,500 to Kids-N-Peace Program
- Chris Ingersoll: Succeeding After a Challenging Childhood
- Sundt Foundation Awards $1,000 to Kids-N-Peace Program
- KNTR Assists with Make It Glow Video Shoot
- John F. Long Foundation Awards $2,000 to Kids-N-Peace Program
- Elephants Remember Kids-N-Peace
- Fry's Fund Awards $2,000 to Kids-N-Peace Program
- Target Awards $2,000 to Kids-N-Peace
- From Bullying to Harmony: Panelists Dispense Anti-Bullying Suggestions at Phoenix Comicon
- The Power of Choice: Drawing Out the Dragons with James A. Owen
- Boeing Employees Award $5,000 to Kids-N-Peace
- New! Hand-forged Copper Art by Marisa Grieco, Urban Blacksmith
- Students of East Quogue Elementary Fund KNTR Peace Pack
- In Memoriam: Dylan Hockley