PeaceBuilders is the research-validated violence prevention youth program approved for the federally funded Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act. It is a comprehensive program launched in organizations that shifts the entire climate to a peaceful, productive, and safe place for children, parents, and staff.
    In the school setting, PeaceBuilders increases academic achievement by allowing teachers to spend more time teaching and less time disciplining. In all settings, the program creates a peaceful environment by increasing positive, respectful, thoughtful behavior, while decreasing violence and disruptive behavior.
    PeaceBuilders Principles:
    • Praise People
    • Give Up Put-Downs
    • Seek Wise People
    • Notice Hurts
    • Right Wrongs
    • Help Others
    Every week, Murdock Elementary has a "Peace Circle." This is scheduled as follows:
    Grades K, 1, 2          8:30am every Friday
    Grades 3, 4, 5, 6      8:30am every Monday
    At the Peace Circle we begin our day with the PeaceBuilder Pledge and recognize students for their peace builder behaviors. Peace Circle is dedicated to celebrating students that make choices indicative of a true peace builder. Each teacher nominates 1-3 students that have acted as a peace builder that week. The principal announces their names and they come to the center of the circle to be recognized by their peers. During Peace Circle we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, the PeaceBuilder Pledge, give attendance awards, discuss PeaceBuilder traits, and give other special recognitions as needed.
    The PeaceBuilders Program affects the whole school by increasing cooperation, achievement and individual success. We encourage families to memorize the PeaceBuilder Pledge or talk about what the PeaceBuilder principles mean to them.
    The PeaceBuilder Pledge

    I am a peace builder. I pledge…

    To praise people
    To give up put downs
    To seek wise people 
    To notice and speak up about hurts I have caused 
    To right wrongs
    To help others
    I will build peace at home, at Murdock, and in my community each day.