For release: October 7, 2009
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843
The Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School & Research Institute at the University
of Memphis will host its seventh annual Peace Day Celebration Friday, Oct. 23. While
the activities are planned mainly for the school’s children, their families, and the
U of M community, the public is also welcome to attend.
A peace dove will be released at 9:15 a.m. from the Leslie Phillipsen Outdoor Classroom.
From 9:30 to 1l:15 a.m., each classroom will hold “peaceful” activities, including
storytelling, making origami peace cranes, and building a “web of friendship” with
twine. In the past, students have formed a peace symbol with their bodies on the playground,
created a mosaic table with the Chinese symbols for peace, and fashioned a peace quilt.
A multicultural “peace-nic” lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m. in the school’s Pecan
The Peace Day Celebration grew out of the Lipman School’s long tradition of diversity/anti-bias
educational practices. The first multicultural luncheon was held in 1985. After the
terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the school re-evaluated its priorities and decided
the concepts of peace and justice were at the root of its dreams for a better world.
The date was selected to coincide with the birthday of the school’s namesake, Barbara
K. Lipman, and United Nations Day.
The Lipman School, located at 3771 Poplar Ave., is the laboratory demonstration early
education school for the U of M’s College of Education. It is accredited by the National
Association for the Education of Young Children.
For more information, call 901-678-2120.