In celebration of their 3rd annual International Peace day on September 21st, P.S. 119, the Magnet School for Global and Ethical Studies, scheduled many events to promote peace within the school and around the world. The children played Peace Games in the schoolyard in the morning. Throughout the day classes visited the Peace Garden to make wishes on the peace rock and sing with the Bluesman. The day culminated with a school wide march around the block where the children were chanting and waving banners and flags. What a day!
Peace games were played in the schoolyard that encouraged cooperation and trust between classmates. Blind Trust, Hoop Dreams and Juggling for Peace were just some of the games the students enjoyed. Everyone agreed that the games taught cooperation and teamwork. Everyone was a winner when they played the Peace Games.
After the games, the children entered the Peace Garden where they were met by Robert “Bluesman” Ross to sing songs that were reflective of peace. “This Little Light of Mine” could be heard throughout this Flatbush neighborhood. While in the garden the children also sprinkled red mulch in a peace symbol to prepare for planting of seeds for flowers that will bloom in the spring. The children also made wishes for peace on a mandala rock which is the focal point of the garden. “I wish China did not take over Tibet,” said 3 rd grader Nicholas, and “I wish that everybody in this school could be a peace builder and kind to each other, “ added classmate Jean Mathieu.
The day’s events wrapped-up with the entire school meeting in the schoolyard waving flags from around the world, holding banners and paper doves, which held personal messages for peace. Once the entire school was congregated they exited the schoolyard to John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance” and marched around the block carrying banners, waving flags, paper doves and chanting “Give Peace a Chance!”
The celebration ended with the release of environmentally friendly white balloons that carried P.S. 119’s wishes for peace to the wind. As the balloons were released Principal Fernandez made her personal wish to the wind: May Peace Prevail on Earth!