Students celebrate International Peace Day

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Students at Wilbur Cross High School’s International Academy will engage in roundtable discussion about peace and conflict in the world
New Haven Public Schools students will commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace on Friday with events and programs across the district aimed at cultivating discussion among students about why peace matters.
International Peace Day is Sunday, Sept. 21, but schools across the district are holding programs and displaying artwork on Friday, Sept. 19, to honor the day. Each year, the district collaborates with the City of New Haven Peace Commission, the Greater New Haven Peace Council and the International Association of Peace Messenger Cities to bring peace-themed programs and activities to the schools.
Additionally, middle and high school students will be encouraged to participate in a social media conversation about peace by posting messages and ideas on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag, #newhavenpeace. (A flyer is attached with more information and to help spread the word about the campaign.)
The following list is a sampling of events happening across the district Friday. Media are welcome to attend and cover these events.
WHO:  International Academy students and teachers
WHEN:  10 a.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE:  Wilbur Cross High School, 181 Mitchell Drive, New Haven
WHAT:   Teachers at Wilbur Cross’ International Academy will facilitate a roundtable discussion with students regarding peace, conflict, and how students see their role in creating a peaceful school, community, and larger society. One of these discussions will be connected, by way of Google Hang Out, to a school in Cambridge, Mass., to help facilitate an exchange of ideas with students outside of the city. Also Friday, students are encouraged to wear white to raise awareness about World Peace day.  White ribbons will be distributed throughout the school. Students will be creating a mural in the lunch room that captures their unique thoughts on the subject.
WHO: Students in grades 1-4, art teachers
WHEN: 1 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: King-Robinson School, 150 Fournier St., New Haven
WHAT: Students in grades 1-4 will be planting peace pinwheels on the front lawn of the school to commemorate International Day of Peace. The creation of pinwheels were part of a classroom exercise where students discussed positive places where they find peace in their own world and then talked about how they could spread peace throughout their community.
WHO: Students
WHEN: 8:30am - 10am and 11:45am  -  2:00pm, FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: Wexler-Grant School, 55 Foote St., New Haven
WHAT: All art classes will be working on peace-themed chalk drawing murals outside with guidance from art and music teachers.
WHO: Student Jean Carlos
WHEN: 2:00 p.m., FRIDAY, Sept. 19
WHERE: Fair Haven School, 164 Grand Ave., New Haven
WHAT: At 2 p.m., student Jean Carlos will be working on his art project to create 1,000 peace cranes before the end of the year. Additionally, classes will be working on creating peace wheels throughout the day.
Background on New Haven’s involvement in the International Day of Peace
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 in 2011 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.