Messages of Peace Throughout Our Schools

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Believe in yourself. You’ve got this. Peace, love and harmony. The Post-it notes were a sea of yellow – decorating every locker in the high school building before leading to the colorful posters lining the hallways with messages of peace.

It was a districtwide celebration, when members of the Port Jefferson educational community united to commemorate the International Day of Peace and celebrate Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

The youngest students read "What Does Peace Feel Like?” a story that asks children around the world what "peace" means to them. Fourth grade art students learned about mandalas and discovered why and how they’re made, the messages of love, unity, and tranquility they promote, and how they can inspire their art. Older students worked collaboratively to design a Peace Day poster with a goal of promoting wellness and peace through their artwork by including powerful quotes about peace and a visual design that would catch a viewers’ eye. Students in the high school broadcasting class interviewed classmates and teachers about what world peace means to them while peaceful music came over the loudspeakers between class periods. The Student Organization, along with co-advisers Ms. Gina Fedler and Ms. Celiana Gandolfo, sold hot chocolate with cups designed by foreign languages classes displaying well-known quotes from world leaders. Students in health/physical education teacher Ms. Dinarae Camarda’s classes practiced meditation and art teacher Ms. Lynn Edsall’s students also participated by designing peace posters, two of which were submitted for display at the Shanti Fund's annual event at the H. Lee Dennison Building in Hauppauge.