MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently joined students from five Nassau County middle schools to honor the winners of an anti-violence poster contest. As part of the DA’s Peacemaker Program, the poster contest serves as a way to reinforce positive conflict resolution, self-confidence, and awareness of the consequences of destructive decision-making.
This year, winners from middle schools in Uniondale, Westbury, Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Freeport were given Nintendo Wii’s, digital cameras, and DVD players. The ceremony took place March 4 at ABGS Middle School in Hempstead.
DA Rice was joined at the event by Benton J. Campbell, U.S. Attorney Eastern District-New York and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Jackie Hilly, as well as numerous local school officials.
“The Peacemakers program gives our young people the necessary tools to become leaders, not only in their schools, but in their communities,” Rice said. “By teaching non-violent conflict resolution and reinforcing a message of peace, we are giving them the tools to lead peaceful and successful lives.”
The Peacemakers program, developed by Jeremy Shapiro, PhD, teaches upper elementary- and middle school-aged students positive values and attitudes related to violence. Youth are trained in anger management, problem solving, communication, assertiveness and conflict resolution. Instead of being delivered like a lesson, the Peacemakers principles are taught through school activities.