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LETTER: Big Book: Pages for Peace Encourages A Message of Peace & Hope

On September 21, 2019, the International Day of Peace, the Big Book: Pages for Peace Exhibit opened to the public at the Prescott School Community Center in downtown Groton. The exhibit has a big goal: to share its profound messages of peace and hope and encourage all of our visitors to think about how to build a more peaceful world.
     Fifteen years ago, in the fall of 2004, seven Groton/Dunstable Middle School students and their visionary teacher, Betsy Sawyer, began an afterschool project to make the biggest peace book in the world. It took them, and more than 400 middle school students and community volunteers, over 12 years to complete the book. The result is an incredible 20’ by 12’ book, filled with more than 1000 pages of messages of thoughts on peace - artwork, letters, essays and poetry from people of all ages from all over the world. Since 2016 the book has been on exhibit at the United Nations, the JFK Library, the Providence Civic Center and the Mariposa Museum.
We have brought the book back to Groton to celebrate the contributions of our local citizens. Many of the 3,500 submissions in the book came from townspeople from Groton and Dunstable – students and teachers, parents and grandparents, neighbors and friends, town leaders and local business people.
     This is a wonderful opportunity to see these entries showcased within the Big Book and we invite you to come and see the project that Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki- moon praised as “an amazing achievement and a fantastic commitment... an inspiration to the world.”
     The Big Book: Pages for Peace exhibit is open from Tuesday through Friday 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The exhibit is also open by appointment to groups, both large and small. Consider visits for scout groups, book clubs, school groups and civic groups. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For further information contact info@pagesforpeace or call 978 877-8172.
     We hope you will visit us soon and spread the word about our peace exhibit to others.
Anne Polaski
Pages for Peace Foundation
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