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Children’s World Peace Organization hosting event Wednesday, May 18

Children's World Peace Organization founder and director William Day started the free program in a small Montessori school in Mexico. It has since expanded to over 200 schools, mainly in Nepal, Mexico and Kenya, and Day is hoping Eagle County schools will give it a try.
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What: Children’s World Peace Organization interactive presentation.

When: 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 18.

Where: Miller Ranch Community Center, Edwards.

Cost: Free.

More information: The presentation is primarily for adults, but school children are also welcome. Pat Hamilton will perform. A potluck dinner will follow the presentation, so bring a dish to share. Call 970-376-1231 or 970-260-7764 for more information.

EDWARDS — Is peace possible? William Day says, “Yes.”

The founder and director of the Children’s World Peace Organization is in town trying to get his free curriculum and lesson plan into local schools.

“Our vision is that someday every classroom in the world will offer our (or a similar) peace curriculum as a reflection of the world in which we live,” Day said in an email.

The idea is for each classroom to spend 30 minutes per week on teaching life skills.

“Schools, in my experience, focus most of their attention on teaching knowledge,” Day said, “and where there’s the greatest chance for growth is on the other side, which is sharing wisdom, and that’s what (Children’s World Peace Organization) does.”

The nonprofit began in 2010 with a small Montessori school in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, Day said. It has since expanded to more than 200 schools across the world, mainly in Mexico, Nepal and Kenya.

No schools are on board locally yet, but one school in Arizona uses the curriculum.

Free Presentation

On Wednesday, Day will host a free interactive presentation with musician Pat Hamilton at the Miller Ranch Community Center in Edwards at 6 p.m. A potluck dinner will follow.

The presentation is primarily for adults, but school children are also welcome. There will be a Q-and-A session following the presentation.

“My hope is to get Eagle County schools to at least try it,” Day said. “And it’s free.”

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.