September 21, 2016, was the United Nations International Day of Peace. On this day, Richland County School District One’s Montessori programs dedicated a Peace Pole to the district in recognition for the district’s work in promoting peace. The Peace Pole has been planted on the grounds of the Stevenson Administration Building at 1616 Richland Street.
A Peace Pole is an internationally-recognized symbol of the hopes and dreams of all humanity, a standing vigil for peace on earth. Each Peace Pole bears the message May Peace Prevail on Earth in different languages on each of its sides. There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in nearly every country in the world dedicated as monuments to peace.
Richland One’s Peace Pole stands 10 feet tall and is one foot wide. It is a 6 sided Pole with 12 different languages cut out proclaiming May Peace Prevail on Earth. Of the 12 languages, six represent languages taught in Richland County School District One. Atop the Peace Pole is a rotating globe to signify peace around the world.
The Peace Pole was designed, created, and planted by Mr. Jerry Sinclair of Sinclair Custom Metal, LLC in Lexington, SC.