Our Story

Unite for Common Good is a nonprofit organization formed for the core endeavor of supporting Epic Ethics for Peaceful Schools (formerly known as the Peaceful Schools Program), an elementary school program delivering principle-based ethics and character development instruction to children and youth.

Epic Ethics for Peaceful Schools began as a grassroots initiative by “The Two Sarahs” — high school students, next door neighbors and best friends — along with their elementary school teacher-mothers and Rotary Clubs of Colorado, District 5450.

The vision was to support elementary school students and teachers in promoting safe, respectful and compassionate school climates for youth using Rotary’s guiding principles, together called the Four Way Test, to enhance character development and a sense of community promoting success in school and in life! The program was designed as a series of literacy-based lessons merging books with active discussion. The program was designed to build community by engaging high school mentors to deliver the lessons. The result is a cross-generational, magical classroom environment that produces high impact learning.

Over the years Rotarians around the world have practiced using a set of ethical questions based on Truth, Fairness, Common Good and Service Above Self to guide their personal and professional behavior. These timeless questions continue to serve as valuable tools to challenge thoughtful problem solving and healthy relationships.

Since 2014, the Peaceful Schools Program (now Epic Ethics for Peaceful Schools) has been implemented in dozens of elementary schools in Colorado and is expanding nationally and internationally. In just a few years, this program has positively impacted thousands of elementary school children and hundreds of high school students and continues to grow at a rapid pace. Now, thanks to the help of the Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative, the Four Way Test will be able to reach exponentially more students.

Contact us at our new website: epicethics.org