Alaska school program brings peace to playground

Posted: Wednesday, October 06, 2010

FAIRBANKS - The playground at one Alaska school needs a little less adult supervision with a program that puts older children in charge of younger students.

They call it the Peacemaker program at Denali Elementary School, where fifth- and sixth-graders wear bright orange vests on duty keeping the peace among younger students during recess.

Denali principal Tim Doran told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner the peacemakers are given conflict management training and serve as role models for the younger children.

And if a playground skirmish is too much to handle, Peacemakers know to seek an adult for help.

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