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Welcome to peace plaza

Aspiring for true peace and tranquility and celebrating diversity and heritage, the Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza is located in Rockford, Illinois. It is easily accessible from I90 (Riverside Exit) west one-half mile to McFarland Road and south one quarter mile. The Peace Plaza is situated in a 2.5 acre park which also serves as a trailhead for Rockford’s 20 mile Perryville Path network of bicycle and recreational trails with an easy link to Rock Cut State Park located three miles north of the Peace Plaza.

Where Do We Find Peace?

“If we are to have real peace in the world, we must begin with the children.” Mahatma Gandhi

We look to the children of the greater Rockford region to inspire us all to participate fully in the quest for enduring world peace. The Keeling Puri Peace Plaza is dedicated to support the young leaders of the Rockford Region as they work to create sustainable change. Our children have partnered with organizations such as Pennies for Peace , World Bicycle Relief, Kids Around the World, New Global Citizens and UNICEF finding local solutions to global and local problems.

International day of peace

The theme of Peace Day 2016 was “Bridging Cultures”.  We used a wonderful book by Anne Sibley O’Brien called I’m New Here which shows the challenges of (3) three new students as they navigate through their first day of school.  Though Maria, Jin, and Fatimah come from different cultures, they find that they share many similarities with students in their new American school.  Whether readers are new themselves or meeting those who are new, there are lessons to be learned here about perseverancebravery, and inclusion, and O'Brien's lessons are heartfelt and poetically rendered.  Each class that attended the International Day of Peace received a copy of I’m New Here for their classroom and another to read with a younger class - spreading these lessons even wider.

In addition to author Anne Sibley O’Brien, other performers included:   renowned storytellers, Megan Wells and Jim May;  local award winning music educator and author, Dorothy Paige Turner; talented character actors David Causey (Frederick Douglass) and Suzanne Crandall (Jane Addams).

View our video on the International Day of Peace web page.

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