H.W. Smith Students Host Peace Rally

     Published on 9/23/15   Tagged under:    District News    HW Smith K-8 School   

H.W. Smith Principal Teri Haley served as the Master of Ceremony at the school’s first-ever Peace Rally. Intended to create a sense of teamwork and inclusion with a focus on a school centered on the characteristics of peace, dozens of students, families and staff attended the event.
Students and families received “Peace Finders” sheets that led them to certain parts of the school, where they participated in peaceful events such as making peace posters, playing an egg game and a hula hoop pass, making peace bracelets and more.
"We were excited to help celebrate International Peace Day by having students create their own Peace Pledges and asking families to share their hopes and dreams for their children this school year,” Peaceful Schools Vice President of Communications Dani Ryan said. “The evening's peace-themed activities focused the entire community on each person's power to make H.W. Smith a more peaceful place. Peaceful Schools is thrilled to partner with the staff and students at H.W. Smith in promoting peaceful actions throughout the school community!"
In addition to the Peace Rally event, third through sixth graders enjoyed a Peace Assembly at school where they learned about the importance of creating a peaceful environment at their school.
They ended the events with a reading of “I am Somebody,” the adopted H.W. Smith pledge for the year.
“The opening Peace Rally continued the strong momentum our school has established for the 2015-2016 school year,” Vice Principal Nick Scholz explained. “It is our goal to include the entire community in the great work our students and staff are accomplishing at H.W. Smith. In partnership with Peaceful Schools, we have created a school centered around peace, ensuring all students receive the needed support to accomplish their dreams.”