Leslie Middle School – Salem, Oregon

Leslie Middle School Peer Helpers

Pete Teller (pictured left) has worked as a middle school counselor in the Salem-Keizer School District since 2001. Mr. Teller actively engages students in the Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® and invites everyone to live the Purple Hands Pledge®, “I Will Not Use My Hands Or My Words For Hurting Myself Or Others.”® Mr. Teller is pictured above, left, with Leslie Middle School Peer Helpers at the 2018 Marion County Commissioners Meeting. 

“The Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Project® is an essential core standard of Leslie Middle School’s social-emotional learning competencies. The simple 14-word pledge, “I Will Not Use My Hands Or My Words For Hurting Myself Or Others®,” is a key component of our school’s violence prevention strategy.”
Leslie Middle School Counseling Website

Leslie Middle School Peer Helpers pose with the
Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award

Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award

The Leslie Peer Helpers are the proud recipients of the 2013, 2015, and 2017-2019 Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Awards. 

These awards are given out annually to ten middle & high school peace, human rights, and/or conflict resolution clubs from applicants all across the state of Oregon.

Leslie’s Peer Helpers were chosen for their outstanding work for initiating peace and service projects in their school and community with the intent to make our world both a safer and a better place for all.

The Spirit of Unity Award is offered through a grant from the Harold and Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to the Wholistic Peace Institute’s (WPI) Student Peace Education & Leadership Program.

The goal of WPI is to work to develop future peacemakers who can take their place alongside previous Nobel Peace Laureates.

21st Annual National Hands & Words Are Not For Hurting Week

Pete Teller & Leslie Middle School Students join peers from across the United States, Canada, Mexico, and 25 other countries worldwide in committing to the Purple Hands Pledge®

The nine students each wrote speeches and shared from their hearts about what they would change to make the world a better place.

Their thoughts and ideas are both profound and thought-provoking considering today’s world.