By: Patricia Ann Talley, Editor and Representative in Mexico for Peace Pals International™
Every year, Peace Pals International™ conducts an art contest for kids around the world. Peace Pals International™ and its affiliate The World Peace Organization are international not-for-profit charities that promote peace activities for communities and youth. Go to: http://wppspeacepals.org/.
The goal of the contest is to teach kids life lessons through art. The theme for 2017 is “Nature for All ~ Loving the Earth.” Youth, ages 5-16, from countries around the world can enter the contest online. The deadline is August 15, 2017.
The theme about nature and conservation is perfect for the international tourist community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. Conserving nature and our environment is critical to sustaining tourism and the economic development of our community. So, everybody helped our youth enter this contest!
Spanish Website – Gracias, Peace Pals International!
First, the Peace Pals International™ organization translated everything on its art contest website into SPANISH! Kids and schools must enter the art contest online, so Spanish is important to participants in Mexico. Go to: http://wppspeacepals.org/es/2017-rules/. Gracias, Jules Lamore, Art Director for Peace Pals International!
Teachers’ Manual – Gracias, Universidad Tecnológica de la Costa Grande de Guerrero!
Next, professors in the Language Center at UTCGG, our technical university, collaborated with me to develop Teacher Manuals and Lesson Plans in English and Spanish that include instructions on how to use the annual theme of the Peace Pals Art Contest to help teach different languages. The manuals also provide teachers with instructions on how to enter the contest. Gracias, Chaz Brown, Director of UTCGG International Department for helping to coordinate this project!
You can download these Teaching Manuals for Peace:
- Powerpoint Presentation: Teaching Peace through Language Studies – Bi lingual Spanish
- English: Lesson Plans – Teaching Peace through Language Studies-English
- Spanish: Enseñanza de la Paz a través de Estudios de Lenguaje-Espanol
Drawing Paper – Gracias, Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo!
Kids need paper to draw, and many in poor neighborhoods just simply did not have it. So, the Rotary Club in Zihuatanejo donated paper and colored pencils for our kids. The Peace Committee (Comité de la Paz) in Club Rotary Ixtapa printed posters about the contest. Various schools and groups were able to participate thanks to this donation.
- Casa Pacifica Elementary School in Zihuatanejo
- SCOUTS of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo
- Eco-Tiangius Organic Market in Zihuatanejo – Kids’ Activities
- Casa Hogar Children’s Orphanage in Las Pozas
- The Children’s Library in Barra de Potosi
They kids want to say, “Gracias Club Rotario de Zihuatanejo!”
Look at some of the artwork from our youth!
Lidia Sarai Ramos Sanchez, Zihuatanejo
Cristian Alfonso Zamudio Jimenez, Zihuatanejo
And, the children at the Barra de Potosi Library made a video for you to enjoy!
Peace Pals Children’s Art Exhibition – Gracias Hotel Association of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!
But, the best is yet to come! Next year, the winning artwork from children around the world and the artwork of our local kids will be exhibited in the hotels and resorts in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area. All the children who entered the art contest will receive Certificates of Participation from Peace Pals International™ so they can proudly show it to their parents and friends. We thank the hotels and their staffs in advance for supporting this community project to sustain tourism and our environment. Gracias!
The winning artwork from children around the world AND the artwork of our local youth will be on display in hotels and resorts in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in 2018.
May Peace Prevail on Earth!
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