Peace Seeker Spotlight
Audrey Wibowo is much like other 10-year-old girls — she likes playing music (violin, harp, and piano are her specialities), she loves reading books (fiction is her favorite genre), and she enjoys chatting with friends and spending time with her family. But Audrey also realized very early that, ”Peace begins with me, and it is contagious.” This realization has led Audrey to share a message of peace with other children and with adults in a big way!
Audrey learned about Mattie J.T. Stepanek and his message of hope and peace from her mom, a teacher, and from her Montessori School in Indonesia. She was very excited to be registered as one of Mattie’s Peace Club Kids and to receive Mattie’s books and poetry as a gift from her mom (her favorite Mattie poem is “About Friendship” because it teaches people how to be a good friend to others).
*I have learned from Mattie that peace can also be found even when things are difficult — as Mattie said peace is an attitude,” Audrey said. “We can choose to keep our peace in heart through anything we face. From Mattie, she said learned that:
“Peace is a choice to do good things that make other people happy and bring joy to ourselves. Peace starts from each of us; peace in mind, heart, words and actions. The world can be more peaceful if all people have a ‘long-life peace project” in their life.’”
As a 4th grader, Audrey chose to deliver a presentation about Mattie and his Foundation, complete with activities and a slide show, for her school’s annual “Peace Day” project. Audrey was also inspired to create her own book, “Piece of Peace,” and use proceeds from the sales to support peace education, including the work of Mattie’s Foundation. And, she was one of the first “Peace Club Tweens” to receive a Peace Activity Certificate from Mattie’s Foundation.
-Now, as we celebrate individuals and groups who give of their time, their talent, and their treasure to support and share peace with others, the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation honors with deep appreciation – Audrey Wibowo – our Winter/Spring 2014 Peace Seeker Spotlight.
Audrey Wibowo — Peace Seeker Spotlight Feature
Below is the summary of Audrey’s Peace Activity Certificate page
which includes excerpts from
Audrey’s letters to Mama Peace (Jeni Stepanek)
about her Peace Activity.
Begin the Journey – Peace Club Tween
Dear Mama Peace,
I am Audrey and I am 9 years old. I am in Grade 4 at Montessori Kiara Karitas in Indonesia. [NOTE: Since this letter was written, Audrey has turned 10 years old and is now in Grade 5]. I am glad that I can write to you in person.
I learned about Mattie from school. My teacher talked about him on Peace Day. My mom bought Mattie’s books and I like to read his poems.
Mattie has inspired me about peace. I want to spread peace everywhere I go.
Peace begins with me and it is contagious.
Mama Peace, please take care of yourself. I am soooo happyyy to be able to write to you….
XOXO Love and peace!
Choice 1: Peace Seeker – Reflect on Mattie’s Message
Activity Title and Mission/Purpose
What is the name of your Peace Activity?
Piece of Peace
Share some of your thoughts on peace, and your Peace Activity:
In our school, we celebrate UN Day every October 24th. We usually read one of Mattie’s poems. My friends and I always enjoy his poem:) All teachers in our school know about Mattie and how he has inspired people to bring peace in life.
My mom likes to share Mattie’s wisdom and peace to her teacher-friends and parents. She is always amazed by Mattie’s thoughts and dedication towards world peace, yet he is a humble boy. My mom like to say that Mattie’s message is really good fit in Montessori school, because Montessori is peace education.
For YEP (Year End Project) this semester, my teachers asked the students to choose any child (below 18) who is inspiring as a topic of our individual project. Of course I choose Mattie!!
The presentation day of this project will be May 18, 2013. The presentation will not only presenting about our heroes but we also need to inform what we can contribute to others after being inspired.
What is the mission or purpose of your Peace Activity?
The purpose of Audrey’s Peace Activity is to use a class project/assignment as an opportunity to teach youth and adults about peace. Through a presentation on Mattie’s life, a display table with books and posters and photos about Mattie and from Mattie’s Foundation, and through interactive discussion and activities, those attending the presentation will learn about Mattie as a peacemaker, and about how each person can choose to be a peacemaker like Mattie, even if life is difficult.
This Peace Activity is also an opportunity for Audrey to share her poetry book, Piece of Peace, which she is selling to raise money for both Mattie’s Foundation and for the MDA (to support other children and families living with neuromuscular diseases).
Excerpts from Audrey’s “Piece of Peace” book:
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Choice 2: Peace Maker – Respond to Mattie’s Message
Activity Plan: What, How, When, Where
I have discussed with my teacher about my project presentation. On the presentation day, I will present about Mattie’s life and work and how he inspired people in the world about peace, especially me! Since my mom ordered a T-shirt from Mattie’s Peace Shop, I think I will put that on as well.
Since December I read a lot of Mattie’s poems. In January and February, I tried to write poems about peace, like Mattie did. My parents helped me to get some ideas and my teachers helped me with the spelling and grammar. My poems were finally compiled in a book called “PIECE of PEACE.”
My parents searched for a printing company and we ordered 200 copies of books. I started to sell my poem book during our school Book Week in mid March. The book price is IDR 90.000 each. Some people paid less and some paid more.
Up to now, there are 113 books sold and I had collected IDR 10.000.000 so far (maybe around $US 1000). The money will go to Mattie’s Foundation to help spread peace, and also to MDA to help other children who suffer from muscle disease like Mattie.
My last day of selling is probably my presentation day. Hopefully I can sell more books so more money can be donated.
Mama Peace, I have some questions to ask you. Was Mattie really involved in Sunday School as well? Was he teaching the little kids? How did he do that? Is Mattie in the process of canonization? How is it going? I am also a Catholic and my mom is a Sunday School teacher, too. She also helps organizing things at church and is involved in youth activities at church. My mom is very kind, she sometimes travels to train Sunday School teachers in small cities or villages around Indonesia. Besides, she teaches street children who can’t go to school because they are poor. I sometimes go with her, too. Also, do you have any suggestions for my presentation?
NOTE: Mama Peace’s responses to Audrey’s questions are included
Choice 3: Peace Bringer – Reach Out with Mattie’s Message & Yours!
Activity and Attitude put into Action
How did your Peace Activity and presentation go?
NOTE: We encourage families and adults to be involved with and support youth in their Peace Activities. The goal is to support young people as they learn to move from “attitude to action” and embrace peace as a way of “being” not just “doing.” Parents, educators, and other adults are welcome to be help our Peace Club Tweens with the plans and summaries of their Peace Activities. We want youth to fully participate, even create the activity if they are ready, but also welcome family and extended participation and written feedback.
This is a note from Audrey’s mom, Ari:
The presentation at school on May 18th, ran very well. Audrey was able to speak confidently and clearly about Mattie and his message of peace.
After all children presenting using power point finished, they were sent to their booth so that audience (parents and families) could come and see their board or display. During this exhibition, parents could also ask questions or just look detailed information on the display. Audrey’s booth was crowded with friends and parents to come and know more about Mattie, his life and his message.
The audio of Mattie reading his poems was played on and on. Audrey was busy answering questions. It was great to see this. Audrey also gave peace bracelet to those who come to her booth.
The presentation day was the last day Audrey sold her book as well. She finally sold 163 books total. Audrey, my husband and I have discussed of how to distribute the money for.
We decided to use it to support projects for hope and peace – including support for Mattie’s Foundation. Audrey will be placing a peace brick ($179) in Mattie’s Park & Peace Garden, and donating funds to Mattie’s Foundation ($661). She will also be supporting other organizations, including MDA. As this is Audrey’s project, I want her to get involved in as much activity as possible, so we will support her in going to the bank and making the transfer of funds, rather than using my credit card.
I also want to tell you that on Sunday May 19th, Audrey also presented Mattie in front of First-Holy-Communion children-class. The children were so amazed with Mattie’s wisdom and humility. There were also some other saints that were presented, like St. Frances Assisi, Padre Pio, St. Bernadette and Mother Teresa. Audrey’s presentation was about Mattie, and the other presentations were done by her friends.
This team (we call it CIA= Catholic Intelligence Agency) also prepared boards for children to see and observed after presentation. It seemed all children were interested in Mattie and Audrey’s booth was packed with children, whereas other booths were visited by fewer children.
Before the children went home, each of them was asked to choose one character and make a book mark; they could use some pictures and quotes we have prepared before. The pictures and quotes of Mattie were the favorite and finished at glance! Children rushed to get Mattie’s picture and quotes to be put on their bookmark. For me, it was awesome to see those children able to learn from other child like Mattie. I was grateful for that!
Thank you for what you do to keep spreading peace among us, Jeni. I am blessed to be part of your work.
Love and peace always,
Celebrate the Journey – Tween Peace Certificate
Celebration Peace Post:
Audrey said that she enjoyed this Peace Activity very much, and that
she will treasure the experience for ever – “TERIMA KASIH!”
Now you have done a Peace Club Tween Peace Activity – What Next?
Since her presentation on Mattie and her Piece of Peace book fundraiser, Audrey has also shared about Mattie’s life and message of peace with her Sunday School class (see note above from her mom, Ari).
Also, Audrey celebrated her 10th birthday during June!!! She chose to celebrate her birthday with a theme for the coming year – PEACE.
Her family ordered a “Piece of Peace” cake. Audrey also created a timeline that was presented like a piece of a puzzle for each year of her life. Her classmates drew “what peace is” on the blank jigsaw puzzle. Each of her friends also got an “ambassador for peace” hat as part of the celebration. Audrey and her family hope that “with this little peace act, peace will be with each of us.”
Thank you, Audrey,
for being a Peace Seeker.