Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world every Sept. 21. At Chris Yung Elementary, students and staff marked the day with activities to raise awareness of the observance, and to spread the message of peace.
“It is important to help students recognize that each person can make a difference in our world, ” said Faith Broome, art teacher at Chris Yung. “Students think about what they can do to make their school, home and community a more peaceful place.”
The dialogue and activity started several weeks ago as students painted peace rocks, and discussed how they can create peace in their own communities. Students also designed and submitted Peace Day Google Doodles, the fun and celebratory changes to the Google logo that appear in the search engine.
Music teacher Jacob Tarallo taught students the lyrics to this year’s school theme song, “Have it All,” by Jason Mraz. PE teacher Mavis Rose-Roth choreographed the song and taught students the movements. On Peace Day, the entire school gathered on the blacktop ready to perform. The Steam Engines were in step and singing proudly.
Students placed their painted rocks in the school yard flower garden as a reminder to model peace and encourage peace in school, at home and around their community.
“Peace means to me participating and striving to do your best, stay calm and educate people,” said Harshi, a third grade student.
The International Day of Peace was declared by the United Nations and was first celebrated in 1982.