Students Connect with Poland for International Peace Day

Check out great coverage of the International Peace Day event in the NHI by Co-op student Ariela Martin! See it here.
 
And great coverage by WTNH News8 here.
 
District press release here:
 
FROM TWO DIFFERENT CONTINENTS, STUDENTS IN NEW HAVEN AND WIELUN, POLAND, CONNECT THROUGH MUSIC, DANCE AND HISTORY TO COMMEMORATE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
 
New Haven Public Schools students commemorated the United Nations International Day of Peace Friday with an event at Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School that featured music, dance and reflections about why peace matters.
 
For the event, New Haven partnered with Wielun, Poland, a city that was bombed by the Germans on September 1, 1939, at the start of World War II. Both peace programs in New Haven and Wielun were simulcast on the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities website and shown in real time to students in both countries.
 
The event at Co-op was a collaborative effort between New Haven Public Schools, the City of New Haven Peace Commission, the Greater New Haven Peace Council and the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities.
 
The masters of ceremony for the event were Hillhouse High School seniors Brandie Marks and Jordan Ransom, who represented Connecticut last summer in the National History Day competition in Washington, D.C. The backdrop for the ceremony was a “peace quilt” made by students in New Haven Public Schools.
 
Performances included songs by students from Beecher Museum School of Arts and Science, a Rap for Peace and hip hop dance by students at Fair Haven School, a dance performance by students at Betsy Ross Arts Magnet School to the song, “See the Flame,” in honor of Amnesty International, another Rap for Peace by students at John Daniels School of International Communication and a choral ensemble, “For the Sake of Our Children,” performed by juniors and seniors at Co-op High School.
 
“It fills me with hope to see our young people reaching across the globe to connect with other young people on a shared mission for world peace,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo. “When we strive for peace and respect in our own schools and neighborhoods, it sets an example and sends the message that we can achieve peace between countries and different cultures.”
 
The ceremonies in New Haven and Wielun were live-streamed on the International Associations for Peace Messenger Cities’ website, www.iapmc.org. As head of the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, New Haven has helped to pair up 16 cities around the world and bring the children of those cities together via live-streamed peace events on the IAPMC website. The first such partnership occurred last year when New Haven students connected with the children of Kragujevac, Serbia, during the International Day of Peace ceremony on the New Haven Green.
 
The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the UN General Assembly. Schools around the world hold special events and ceremonies to mark the day.