Pledge of Non-Violence
To Respect Self and Others
To respect ourselves, to affirm others, and to avoid uncaring criticism, hateful words, physical attacks, and self-destructive behavior.
To Communicate Better
To share our feelings honestly, to look for safe ways to express our anger, and to work at solving problems peacefully.
To listen carefully to one another, especially those who disagree with us, and to consider others' feelings and needs rather than insist on having our own way.
To apologize and make amends when we have hurt another, to forgive others, and to keep from holding grudges.
To Respect Nature
To treat the environment and all living things, including our pets, with respect and care.
To Play Creatively
To select activities and toys that support our school's values and to avoid activities that make violence look exciting, funny or acceptable.
To Be Courageous
To challenge violence in all its forms whenever we encounter it, whether at home, at school, or in the community, and to stand with others who are treated unfairly.
This is our pledge. These are our goals. We will check ourselves on what we have pledged once a month so that we can help each other become more peaceable people.
Institute for Peace and Justice 475 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, MO 63119