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Engaged Citizen Leaders Make a Peaceful Impact

Apr 22, 2015 | Impact, Upper School News

IMG_0086The Upper School’s newly established Interact Club has already left a lasting mark on Mount Vernon. Recently the club members, collaborating with the Rotary of Sandy Springs, constructed and installed a Peace Pole on the Glenn Campus.
A Peace Pole is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message and prayer May Peace Prevail on Earth on each of its four or six sides, in different languages. Several Upper School students shared these words in their respective ancestral languages, including Chinese, Swahili, German and Spanish.IMG_0046
There are more than 20,000 Peace Poles in 180 countries all over the world dedicated as monuments to peace. They each serve as a constant reminder for people to visualize and pray for world peace.
In addition to the Rotary of Sandy Springs, several organizations and leaders attended the Peace Pole ceremony including the World Peace Prayer Society, Atlanta Peace Trails, Rabbi Joshua Heller from B’Nai Torah, and Mount Vernon Presbyterian pastor Joe B. Martin. Each organization delivered congratulatory remarks or prayers for peace.
Interact Club president Anjana Anandkumar shared, “When we created the peace pole we ended up exceeding our expectations. The collaborative process, working with Mount Vernon’s Art teacher Hank Kunath and the Rotary Club exemplifies how together, we can all create something lasting.”
Faculty members Meg Brown and Rebecca Tussey, who sponsor the Interact Club, were instrumental in planning the Peace Pole ceremony as was Pamela Wall, an active Mount Vernon volunteer and Rotary Club member.
Mount Vernon’s Peace Pole was installed on the Glenn Campus on a portion of the wooded trails adjacent to the Upper School. Click here to learn more about the Peace Pole Project.
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