Bookmakers and Dreamers Club
We are members of the Bookmakers and Dreamers Club, a group of students from Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. After more than 10 years, we achieved our goal to build the biggest book in the world on the topic of PEACE.
Our goal now is to see The Big Book: Pages for Peace travel the world to be seen by kids everywhere. We believe kids CAN make a difference in helping to create a more peaceful world.
Our after-school club has been meeting since 2004 to create a giant book that tells our story and includes letters, poetry, artwork, photos and even songs that we have collected in answer to our questions about world peace.
We have contacted people all over the world and have received responses from more than 3,500 people including Nobel Laureates President Jimmy Carter, Nelson Mandela, Dr. Helen Caldicott, and the Dalai Lama. We also have letters from veterans, teachers, soldiers, school children, politicians and religious leaders.
On September 19, 2008, we told our story at the United Nations International Day of Peace Conference at UN headquarters in New York. Our book is an amazing 12 feet tall by 10 feet wide and it weighs more than a ton! It contains over 500-double sided pages with messages of PEACE. Our ultimate goal is to share these messages of peace and hope with children worldwide by displaying our giant book in major museums internationally.
On Sunday, March 20, 2016, student peacemakers from the Bookmakers and Dreamers Club traveled to the UN headquarters in New York to debut the Big Book at the International Day of Happiness.
Left: Peacemakers can be seen working on a Peace activity taught in a lesson at the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial in New York City, 2015. Right: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon with Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury, teacher Betsy Sawyer, and Bookmakers & Dreamers Club members, 2015.
Middle School Peacemakers pose in front of the Pinwheels for Peace display put together in front of the school on Betsy Sawyer Day, 2016.