UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS The St Thomas Boys and Girls School

United States Virgin Islands

We welcome the United States Virgin Islands to the Schools International Peace Quilt Project which brings the total of Countries now included to 201.

Sue Boland, President of the Rotary Club of St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands gives us a description of images received.

“These drawings were done by 8 year old kids.  It is interesting what they chose to represent our beautiful islands.  The first drawing palm trees (we have many) a fisherman and fish (favourite pastime of many) also birds and goats (we have many) and of course white fluffy clouds and sun ( the sun shines most of the time)…”

“The second drawing has palm trees and sun but has also added a mocko jumbie (stilt walker of which we have many) also three boys playing steel pans (the islands favorite music makers are the steel pans) a house and in the bottom right corner a tourist basking in the sun (our primary industry is tourism – today we have eight cruise ships in port).

These kids are special for although life has not been fair for them – they are beautiful and happy getting the loving attention of the dedicated adults that take care of them on a daily basis.

The Boys and Girls Club is supported by our Rotary Club of St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  I am delighted that you contacted me about the wonderful Int’l Peace Quilt project that you have been an instrumental part of.  It is exciting and I am so pleased to have our United States Virgin Islands  be a part of.  The dream of peace throughout the world is something we have all prayed for over a life time – I hope the youth of the world can make it happen.”

Sue Boland, President of the Rotary Club of St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

Thank you so much to Sue and all the kids involved, it is fantastic to receive your images of the islands and so join in the Int’l Peace Quilt project.

Virgin Islands (United States) Flag Meaning:
The letters V and I, on either side of the eagle stand for the Virgin Islands. The three arrows being held by the eagle symbolize St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John; which are the three main islands that make up the U.S. Virgin Islands. The eagle holds the olive leaf in the other claw.The white base of the flag symbolizes purity, and the eagle is displayed with the shield of the United States on its chest.

BELARUS, Slonim gymnasium 1

We welcome Students from the Slonim Gymnasium 1,Belarus. There was an art competition to choose the best drawings for the School’s International Peace Quilt project and the following is the result. The  drawing above  has been done by Anton Adasik 11 years old

I wish for peace because it’s  development of science and soul

This second design has been created by Kate Dyatlova, 11 years old.

I wish for peace – Peace is green that is harmony between man and nature

This third design has been done by Irina Korolenya, 15 years old

We all wish for peace…Peace is in our hearts

This school also participated in The Circle of Peace, the idea of which is just a few months old .

”  At noon the students of  4, 5 , 6 and 7 grades together with teachers ( total 210 people) went in our school yard  and joined their hands to be part of the International Circle of Peace. They sent their best wishes to the world and prayed for peace all over the world.It was the first time we had participated in such activities but it was unforgettable.” Irina Volynets.

Special thanks to  Irina Volynets, teacher of English and the coordinator of telecollaborative projects in Slonim gymnasium 1, Belarus.

” The students of our school have been participating in The Peace One Day project for several years and it’s become a tradition to celebrate Peace Day on September 21. This year we have had Peace Week that started on September 21 and was full of different events and activities.

We all wish for peace because peace is LIFE on our planet Earth. Everybody has the right to live.We want to see happy, smiling people, the sun shining in the blue sky, to listen to birds’ singing, to enjoy the beauty of nature,… We wish for peace in the world, peace in the family and peace in our hearts.WE are PEACE.

Here is our acrostic poem about peace:
P – peaceful coexistence of all countries
E – equality between people of different nationalities and religions 
A – attention to the needs of others, tolerance and mutual understanding
C – care and support
E – equal relations and harmony  betweeman and nature

Well done to everyone involved from this school. A really powerful message for Peace by All.





The Belarus flag consists of two horizontal stripes, the upper stripe of the Belarus flag is red, and the lower stripe is green in color. The flag has a red ornamental pattern on a white vertical stripe leveled at the hoist. The green stripe symbolizes the future, hope, spring and revival and also the forests and fields of Belarus. The red color symbolizes Belarus’ past and the blood shed by the country men to achieve independence. The decorative pattern on the flag symbolizes Belarus’ rich cultural heritage, its spiritual continuity, and the unity of its people.

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