On Oct. 25, students at Lake Elmo Elementary learned the ‘Nine Tools of Civility,’ the communication tools that serve as the foundation of the initiative. The tools are pay attention, listen, be inclusive, don’t gossip, show respect, seek common ground, repair damaged relationships, use constructive language and take responsibility. The presentation served as a kick-off to a Speak Your Peace curriculum that the students will be going through for the rest of the year. Students will wrap up the program by presenting what they have learned to the community in spring.
The Lake Elmo Speak Your Peace project was launched in April 2013 by a broad coalition of community leaders committed to improving civility. For more information got to speakyourpeacelakeelmo.org.