Peace and Quiet Club lets students use all-too-rare quiet time to read for pleasure, write creatively, draw, work puzzles, think, or pray, as they choose. No computers or other electronics; recharge by unplugging.
Because the students can use the time for a variety of thoughtful activities without distraction, what they learn depends upon what interests they choose to pursue. They choose the books they want to read, the stories/poems/letters they write, the pictures they draw, etc. Such self-directed, creative, quiet time lets students pursue their own passions without dictation from an authority figure -- an opportunity all-too-rare in schools.
Great minds agree on the value of silence:
"Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together."
--Thomas Carlyle, writer, philosopher, historian, mathematician, teacher, and translator
"True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment."
--Sir William Penn, Founder of Pennsylvania