The student body gathered around the peace pole as it was explained and dedicated. PHOTO: MARLENE DESCHLER/SPIRNG GROVE HERALD<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
The student body gathered around the peace pole as it was explained and dedicated. PHOTO: MARLENE DESCHLER/SPIRNG GROVE HERALD

Peace is something that most people would all agree would be nice to permanently have world-wide. In an effort to help people think of this desire, a Peace Pole movement has begun and has grown worldwide. "A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of the entire human family, standing vigil in silent prayer for peace on earth," explains the website, www.peacepoleproject.org. "There (are) tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace."

The Spring Grove Public School Student Council recently "planted" a peace pole near the school sign. Student council advisor, Renee Eiken, explained, "The idea of a peace pole has been thrown around for a few years. This year the student council had some funds available after our various fundraisers, and I made the suggestion to purchase a Peace Pole after seeing these beautiful ones at Blooming Business. I knew it would appeal to everyone, especially children with its whimsy and bright colors."

Student council president, Nicole Ellingson, shared with the student body the reason and meaning behind the chosen peace pole at the school, "Peace pole monuments include symbols and words of peace. Ours is a beautiful collage of words, symbols, pictures of birds, and flowers in bright colors, and includes a birdhouse on top. When we plant a peace pole, we are linking with people all over the world who have done the same in the spirit of peace."

She continued, "We hope that this beautiful piece of art will serve as a reminder to our students, staff, and the passersby, that peace is worth striving for whether it is in your personal life, your job, or your community."

The peace pole was unveiled to the student body as Ellingson explained what it was. It can be seen prominently standing near the Spring Grove School sign.