Peace Project


Hands of Peace: No Bullying for 2017 was AWESOME!  See below for information and results on the project.  The next “Hands of Peace” will be performed in May of 2019.  Theme: tbd. – Let me know if you have peace themes you’d like to see!  Participation is free and is open to all elementary aged youth.  Kids work on the hands of peace by Lynn Buskecomponents during March and April.

BaredFeet, Co. partners with the Chippewa Valley Montessori Elementary School to bring you “Hands of Peace” a youth-led, charitable arts performance on the topic of peace – allowing children to deliver the message of being peaceful to our community.  The production will be comprised of  youth dances, youth choirs, youth drama team, youth art and youth poetry.


2017 Performance and Art Review
This second rendition featured 26 elementary students and added drama and covered the important topic of Bullying, particularly in elementary schools.  The majority of the performers were in multiple pieces bringing together one cohesive and strong message of “The Power of Nice.”  Pictures and video coming soon…

Art Competition Winners 2017

1st place – Alizah Felling (3rd grade) and Madeline Peters (1st grade) both from Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School.  Their work was put together to form one awesome t-shirt: 2nd place – Sophie McBride, grade 2 at CVMCS, was used on the poster design:

3rd place – Gaige Schwagel, Grade 1 CVMS.  His art was used on the certificates given to art/poetry participants.

Poetry Competition Winners
This year BaredFeet, Co. collaborated with the Boys and Girls Club to produce poetry by offering a workshop on Bullying and Poetry.  Personal and powerful poets shared their creativity.  All the poets received t-shirts upon completing the workshop.

1st place – anonymous

2nd place – 


2015 Performance and Art Review
The first “Hands of Peace” was in 2015 – it had about 80 performers in dance and song (grades 4K-12th), a collaboration with UWEC dance department, and over 200 art and poetry entries.  Held in Memorial HS’s main auditorium the variety and setting produced some long lasting images about every aspect of peace.  Click here to see images and videos from the performances!

Art Competition – 2015 WINNERS
Part of the Hands of Peace project was an art competition – designing an image that represented the topic of “Hands of Peace”.

1st place – Hannah Johnson, 1st grade Sam Davey.  Art design was put on all the t-shirts.  These were worn by the performers and volunteers and sold at the event.

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2nd place – Grace Johnson, 4th grade Sam Davey.  Art design was placed on the cover of the event program and on all the art and poetry award ribbons.

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3rd place – Keston Stumpner, 3rd Grade at Longfellow Elementary.  Art design was put on all the posters and publicity for the event.

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Poetry Competition – 2015 WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Part of the “Hands of Peace” project is a poetry competition – writing an original written work that wwas read during the dance performance.

1st Place Garrett Flynn, grade 9 North High “The Two Societies”

The Two Societies

 A society of love
is a child’s playground.
Peace and innocence
will always be found.
Whether in a house
or in a school,
it is hard to find
a child who is cruel.

A society of retaliation
is what comes next.
Malice and revenge
aren’t very complex.
In the workplace
or on the street,
there is no shortage
of deceit.

These two societies
are one and the same.
Just perceived through
a different brain.
“We need peace!”
Children hope for an end.
This is the message
we are trying to send.

We see our children
solving peacefully.
So why shouldn’t we?
Why shouldn’t we?

2nd Place Nhara Lartey, 9th grade North High

Hands of Peace

 small hands are sized only to have been held
in the swelled palms of their troubled elders.
dainty fingers simply made to wander
into colors, art, and beauty alike
how age can harden, crack, and burden these
once flushed and softly pressing fingertips.
by having been exposed to toxic life
these hands may lose their vital innocence.

3rd Place

Any questions or press inquiries should be directed to Jane Christenson ( at the ECASD or Lynn Buske of BaredFeet (


One Response to Peace Project

  1. jeaning says:

    Hello I was wondering if I could still sign my daughter up for this.

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