Dearborn Heights, MI – Peace is an integral part of the Montessori philosophy and the curriculum at Dearborn Heights Montessori Center (DHMC). For the sixth year, DHMC celebrated the United Nations International Day of Peace, which is officially recognized on September 21. More than 300 students in DHMC’s toddler through middle school programs took part in the school’s annual Peace Day celebration.
Parents were also invited to attend the event, which began with the students’ peace procession around the campus, carrying a variety of peace symbols and singing “Light a Candle for Peace.”
Students then gathered in the gym by the school’s Peace Pole to learn more about this year’s United Nations theme “The Right of Peoples to Peace” and how the International Day of Peace was established. Through videos and discussion, students were reminded that all of us have the opportunity to help maintain peace at school, at home and ultimately throughout the world.
“Peace, tolerance and acceptance are key parts of DHMC’s philosophy,” said Kay Neff, head of school. “Thanks to the diverse backgrounds of our students, they readily identify with children from all over the world. Watching children participate in this Peace Day celebration is also a very moving experience for parents and staff.”
About Dearborn Heights Montessori Center
Dearborn Heights Montessori Center (DHMC) is a non-profit educational community founded in 1972. DHMC has received accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is affiliated with the American Montessori Society, Michigan Montessori Society, and the Association of Independent Michigan Schools (AIMS). The school has earned the 2014 Michigan Green School’s Emerald designation. DHMC toddler, preschool, day care and latchkey programs, along with its satellites Livonia Montessori School and Plymouth-Canton Montessori School, are licensed by the Michigan Division of Child and Adult Licensing.