Students at the Stanley Elementary School Celebrate The International Day of Peace
September 24, 2018
On Thursday, September 20th students and teachers at Stanley gathered in the gym for their first all-school assembly of the 2018-2019 school year. They gathered not only to discuss September’s core value of “TEAMWORK,” sing the Stanley School song, or celebrate September birthdays as they usually do each month. This assembly was special and excitement could be felt throughout the gym. Signs for PEACE covered the floor space in front of where the children sat. “Today we will celebrate our right to peace!” Principal Hacker announced. And a cheer went up through the crowd.
The International Day of Peace is observed worldwide on September 21st, but at Stanley it has special meaning to its students and staff. The annual event has been organized by school adjustment counselor Priscilla Walsh Picardi and third grade teachers Lisa Knox and Abigail Berman for the last three years.
Students at Stanley participate in the day of peace in various ways. Multiple grade levels read books about peace and talk about what peace means to them. The fifth graders are actually reading and analyzing the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” and making connections between this document and other texts and the world. Many of the students made posters to express their individual thoughts about peace. All students marched in the parade.
After Mrs. Hacker’s announcement to start the parade, each grade level marched out the side door and along the front sidewalk. Students carried signs and handmade flags with positive messages of peace such as "Be Kind," "Respect and Love Each Other," and more across to the Stanley playground area known as “the Earth.” The circular area is home to many an event and gathering. When the whole school assembled, their bodies formed a peace sign. A perfect way to end our celebration.