In an attempt to help reduce the incidence of violence in our
society today, we are sponsoring this program in memory of our
son and brother, Chris Maki.
Chris' Crusade is offered to any middle schools who wish
to participate. In the past the following schools have been
actively involved. Turkey Hill Middle School in Lunenburg,
Overlook Middle School in Ashburnham, Samoset in Leominster
and Hawthorne Brook in Townsend
*To create an awareness of the impact of violence in our
*To allow middle school age students the opportunity to discuss
and express their concerns relevant to violence
ASSIGNMENTS: We recommend the following approaches be considered
in order to involve the entire student body. We are willing
to participate in both the introduction and the award portion
of the program. We can participate by addressing the students
either in the individual class rooms (English / Art) or the
entire student body in an assembly. We are willing to share
our story with the students to give them a first-hand account
of the impact of violence on a family from their community.
If preferred, we are willing to instead address the faculty.
We do feel the program's success is strengthened with our
As a mandatory English assignment, have the students write
an essay on (one of the following):
* What can be done to reduce violence in our society
* What does peace mean to me
*How can "I" make a difference
As a mandatory Visual Art project have the students create
a visual project expressing (either);
* How I see peace
* The consequences and/or effects of violence
RECOGNITION: The program involves up to three levels of recognition
for the students. The first is a Chris Maki Memorial Foundation
Pen ... with the message "Striving to Achieve Peace and
End Violence" on it. A pen is given to each participating
student. The second is the award of a $50 savings bond to
the best essay / art project of each grade. The third is optional
(depending on the timing of the program, and the willingness
of the winners), and involves displaying the top essays /
art projects at the Chris Maki Violence Awareness Walk.
In determining the winners of the essay/art project we suggest
1. The faculty select the top three essays/projects from each
2. Those essays/projects are forward to the Chris Maki Memorial
Foundation Board for final selection.
Finally, we suggest that the school host some kind of an
awards ceremony or presentation. This can be an all school
assembly, assembly by grade, or announcement during class.
U.S. Savings bonds are awarded and presented to:
*The best essay in each grade
* The best art project in each grade
COMMUNITY OUT REACH: We also encourage the students and faculty
to participate in our annual Chris Violence Awareness Walk.
The walk will be held on Sunday, April 18, 2004 at 1p.m. We
ask that the school participate in promoting the walk to the
student body (via announcements and the display of posters).
Students can be encouraged to participate at several different
levels, by sponsoring a walker, walking themselves, and /
or promoting the walk to others. It is important to understand
and communicate to the students that the walk is the primary
fund-raiser for our Foundation, and is what funds the Chris
Crusade and similar programs.