|Earth Day 2004
an international partnership of 28 European Ministries of
Education, is organizing a Spring
Day event that will include the Earth Day tradition of
ringing bells in recognition that Spring Day is also Earth
Day. Since the spring equinox occurs on Saturday, March 20
in Europe (which is not a school day on the European continent)–
Spring Day in Europe will be officially kicked off on Tuesday,
23 March at 10:00 am (local time).
There will be a symbolic ringing of bells (hand bells, school
bells, recorded ringing, church bells, etc.) in spirit with
the UN Peace Bell followed by one minute of silence for peace.
Since ten countries -- Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary,
Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Cyprus and Malta
-- will join the European Union on 1 May 2004, schools will
celebrate Spring Day in Europe by discussing how the enlarged
European Union can contribute to peace in the world. Visit the
Day In Europe web site for more information and click on
the flag of your country.
WHAT STUDENTS IN EUROPE
ARE DOING ON SPRING DAY
We are thrilled with excitement at
the thought that on this blessed Spring Day in Europe, bells
from every county will toll for peace, tolerance, and understanding
between nations. The children in the Ceramics Club at the Children’s
Palace, Constanta, Romania, are already at work making bells
with their own hands. Using clay, the symbol of earth, they
are crafting these little bells which will be offered to every
guest who will honour us with their presence. When they
ring they will announce not only the rebirth of nature but also
a new spring in the relationship between countries.
-- IT coordinator Vicentzia Neagu
"We'll ring a symbolic bell. Then our students will tie
their own drawings and paintings on peace and friendship in
the world to all the trees in front of our school."
Kaunas Stasys Lozoraitis secondary school from Lithuania
"The Czech Republic is
going to ring a symbolic bell on 23 March at 10 am. All students
will bring their own small bells and together with the school
bell will ring them three times. Then a discussion will follow.
The discussion will be focused on the importance of peace and
the contribution of our country to the rest of the world. We
will stress the values of solidarity, tolerance, and understanding
March 23, at 10 am, our pupils (age 4-7), from the 1st Preschool
Kato Souliou, in Marathon, Greece are going to ring a symbolic
bell three times. Then we will stay silent for one minute to
reflect on how peace can be the main value of an enlarged Europe
and how an enlarged Europe can contribute to bring peace to
the rest of the world."
our school doesn't have a bell, we decided to ring a bell at
a nearby chapel. We are inviting the community to be present
there to join us. Afterwards we will observe a moment of silence
and come back to school to do other activities that we have
planned. It will be our contribute to the PEACE."
-- Maria Manuela Leal
Primary school EB1- Cerejeiras - Penela - Portugal
"For Spring Day, we'll take
part in the "Peace Bell" initiative. The signals
will be heard on the 23rd of March at 10 a.m. in our school.
We'll keep a moment of silence for peace. An exhibition of
drawings with the theme of peace will be organized and students
from different levels will talk about peace in Balkans, in
Europe and all over the world. A questionnaire will be given
to pupils to find out their opinions about what chance they
think peace has in a world of violence and wars. The results
will be discussed with the students."
-- Didona Didea and Doina Enache
School no. 10 "Maria Rosetti", Bucharest, Romania
"We - pupils and teachers
from the UNESCO ASPnet primary school Maksa Pletersnika in
Pisece, Slovenia - are planning to ring the Peace Bell on
Spring Day. We will bring different bells to school, write
peace graffiti and draw peace symbols on a big paper in the
front of the school, sing songs of peace in different languages
and dance some traditional dances - for peace, happiness,
joy and for fun. We will invite pupils and teachers from a
school in Bizeljsko to our school (they are in our neighborhood).
We will also draw postcards and send them to our friends in
-- Pupils and teachers from Pisece,
"We are planning to ring the
Peace Bell on Spring Day. We will ring
our school bell three times at ten o'clock. We are planning
adventure trail in our school: "Journey in the new European
Union countries" after the peace bell is rung."
-- Students and teachers from
"We are a kindergarten from
Romania and we will ring the Bells of Peace at 10 am on the
23rd of March.We will use music and hymns from different countries
and observe a moment of silence in this regard."
-- Adina Petreus
Kindergarten no.36,Baia Mare,Romania
"We are going to ring a Peace
bell on 23rd March at 10 am. Our children will bring small
bells to school. During next week they will make bells out
of paper and colour them. After that we will do a presentation
of these 'Peace bells' at school."
-- Jana Bartosova
Zakladna skola, Stanicna 12 Kosice, Slovakia
"We have the intention of sounding
the bell of peace on 23 March at 10 o'clock. The school bell
will ring, and the students will bring to class small bells
of their own also. After the minute of silence all the classes
will organize a short debate on peace with their teachers."
-- Popa Marioara
Athletic High School of Alba Iulia, Romania
"On Spring Day we want to sound
the bell of peace and then listen to the silence and how silence
feels/sounds after ringing the bell. After that, [we] will
begin a series of activities for this special day of the year."
-- Maria Badiu
Nicolae Balcescu School Group, Intorsura-Buzaului, Romania
"On 23 March we will collect
all the children in the hall and ring the bell 3 times. After
that we will try to stay silent for one minute and think about
peace. After that we will listen to the Ode to Joy and dance
together in a circle. Afer that we will have workshops and
share material from other schools in Romania, Greece, Turkey...
--Ksenija Dujec, coordinator
The Rainbow kindergarten Vrtec Mavrica Izola in Izola, Slovenia
"We are planning workshops
on the 23rd and 24th of March to prepare our students to take
part in international exchanges. It is going to be lead by
two volunteers from France and Spain. We would prepare a big
symbolic peace bell and exactly at 10 am we will ring it.
We will inform local newspaper and other media."
-- School European Club from Bieliny,