Opa-Locka Peace Pole
Broad based support for it came from:
A Department of Justice grant to the Opa-locka Police
The non-profit group "Non-Violence Project USA"
The Opa-locka Elementary School
Opa-locka/Hialeah Flea Market
Cigarette Racing Team
From the Miami Herald, Thursday, Apr. 20, 2006
Formal unveiling of peace pole set
The Opa-locka Police Department will hold the formal unveiling of its ''Peace Pole'' at 9:30 a.m. today at Opa-locka Elementary School, 600 Ahmad St.
The pole will bear four languages and sign language that will state, ''May Peace Prevail on Earth,'' and will serve as a permanent reminder to elementary school children that ''peace begins with me'' everyday at the school, according to an announcement from Chief James Wright.
This unveiling is part of ongoing initiatives under ''Operation Neenee'' in which Opa-locka Police has partnered with Opa-locka Elementary and the Non-Violence Project USA to teach elementary school children how to resolve conflict.
The initiative was made possible through a Department of Justice's JAG/Edward Byrne grant Opa-locka Police got last year.
''We have seen for ourselves that children who grow up in cities such as Opa-locka often do not learn conflict resolution skills. As a result, this grant will teach one of our most precious commodities, young children, conflict resolution skills, end bullying and curb aggressive behavior,'' Wright said.
''Part of the curriculum also teaches the children how to make happier, healthier and safer decisions that will affect their lives and those around them,'' he said.