A new addition to Moore’s courtyard is the work of a Young Artists Workshop student who is on track to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts – the Gold Award.
Kayla Davis of West Philadelphia, a junior at Central High School, installed a Peace Pole for her Gold Award project on April 26. The 8-foot-tall, four-sided white pole proclaims ‘May Peace Prevail On Earth’ in eight different languages, including sign language, Braille, Hebrew and Arabic.
The pole was dedicated in a ceremony May 5, 2018. Attendees wrote time capsule messages and sang "Let There Be Peace On Earth."
“Religious Equality is my topic because I noticed all of the hostility between people who had different beliefs and it concerned me, so I decided to take action,” she said. She chose Moore as the site of her project because of her connection as a YAW student, and because of the College’s location in the city.
“Since I know there are a lot of diverse people who come through here, I thought it would be a good idea,” she said. “If anyone walks in, they would see it and it helps spread my cause.”
THE GOLD AWARD
To earn a Gold Award, scouts must follow a few steps, such as identifying a community issue, creating a plan and building a team.
Davis led girls from her troop in raking leaves for customers to raise money to pay for the $300 pole, which came from Peace Pole Makers USA. The Peace Pole Project was first introduced to the United States with the opening of The World Peace Prayer Society offices in San Francisco and New York in 1986, The International Year of Peace. More than 200,000 Peace Poles stand in almost every country throughout the world.
Davis has been in scouting for 12 years.
“It allows me to meet new people and experience different things,” she said. “It’s not all about selling cookies. It’s about getting out there and helping the community.” She traveled with the Girl Scouts last summer to India.
Davis took various Young Artists Workshop classes when she was younger. She plans to study English or History in college, and would like to become a mergers and acquisitions attorney.
The pole will stand in Moore's courtyard for the next three months, then it will be permanently installed at Davis's church, Overbrook Presbyterian, in West Philadelphia.