Weather Alerts 3 View »

Peace program at MPS curbing violence

Carole Meekins

Peace program at MPS curbing violence

CREATED Apr. 2, 2012 - UPDATED: Apr. 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE- It's an MPS class that promotes peace.  Students at Silver Spring Elementary School in Milwaukee are learning how to solve conflicts in a non-violent way.  It's all part of the Peace Program which teaches students how to express their feelings in a positive way.

About one thousand MPS students take part in the Peace Program.  Teachers say it helps students self-esteem.  Principal Winifred Tidmore says her school has used the program for 17 years.  She notes, "It's just a wonderful program to the community and to the school. Our hope is that they take it out into the community because that's where they live."

The classes are sponsored by SET Ministries.  SET is a social service agency that works to improve Milwaukee. Executive Director Laura Laehn notes, "SET builds family stability that leads to the success of families and each its members."  Patrick Desmond, SET Board Chairperson observes, "Many kids just don't know any different. They only know anger, so we teach them how to behave when there's conflict. That helps eliminate violence here in the city of Milwaukee."

The anti-violence message taught by instructor Montreal Miller is a perfect example of the success of SET Ministries. Miller exclaims, "These students will "grow up and make a difference in our community."

Though we often hear about the negatives at MPS, we cannot ignore another truth.  That hundreds of MPS programs are like the Peace Program at Silver Spring Elementary School are earning high marks and preparing kids for a productive life.