The school held the event to create a sense of teamwork and inclusion, and, with a focus on the characteristics of peace, officials said dozens of students, families and staff attended the event.
Students and families received “Peace Finders” sheets that led them to certain parts of the school, where they participated in events such as making peace posters, playing an egg game, a hula hoop pass, making peace bracelets, and more.
“We were excited to help celebrate International Peace Day, by having students create their own Peace Pledges, and asking families to share their hopes and dreams for their children this school year,” Peaceful Schools vice president of communications Dani Ryan stated. “The evening’s peace-themed activities focused the entire community on each person’s power to make H.W. Smith a more peaceful place. Peaceful Schools is thrilled to partner with the staff, and students, at H.W. Smith in promoting peaceful actions throughout the school community.”
In addition to the Peace Rally, the school held a Peace Assembly for third through sixth graders, where they learned about the importance of creating a peaceful environment at H.W. Smith.
They ended the events with a reading of “I am Somebody,” the adopted H.W. Smith pledge for the year.
“The opening Peace Rally continued the strong momentum our school has established for the 2015-2016 school year,” vice principal Nick Scholz stated. “It is our goal to include the entire community in the great work our students and staff are accomplishing at H.W. Smith.”