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Cavaliers Join Forces for International Peace Day

Peace Day t-shirt sales were part of many International Peace Day activities at CHS September 20 and 21. Modeling them are freshman Brianne Black, sophomore Ikea Stitt, freshman Danielle Serrapica, senior Marisa Pagan, Mrs. Leah Ross, freshman Mara Arnold, junior Madison Levan, and sophomores Megan Hunt and Macaire O'Brien.

CHS students, staff, and clubs merged together September 20 and 21, 2011, to recognize International Peace Day with school wide activities. The SAVE Club, the National Honor Society, and the men’s and women’s soccer teams all made contributions in planning the activities of the week. According to the International Day of Peace website, Peace Day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date. Each year, September 21 marks Peace Day, a day for wide-scale community action to promote non-violence.

According to SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere) Club president, junior Jessica Weber, ideas for ways to commemorate the day started and then grew, stemming from a video she and Mrs. Ross, SAVE Club adviser, watched called ‘Peace One Day.”

"Young people are absolutely at the heart of Peace One Day’s journey," says Jeremy Gilley, film-maker and founder of Peace One Day. The video calls for working towards a day of ceasefire and non-violence observed by all sectors of society globally.

Weber shared, “We agreed we wanted to do something in honor of Peace Day, and the next thing I know Mrs. Ross had a soccer game planned out, since it is considered the international sport, and wanted guest speakers. So I contacted the Army representative and they agreed to come during student lunches and set up a table. We also wanted to host a blood drive during this week since blood donations can be used all around the world, so the National Honor Society hopped on board and organized a blood drive for this week.”

The Blood Drive was sponsored by the National Honor Society on September 21. “One of the main purposes of Peace Day is to get children in war torn countries medical treatment and vaccinations, so the blood drive was our way of adding to that health initiative,” said Mrs. Ross. The drive was organized under the direction of NHS Adviser, Mrs. Dawn Dillner.

The SAVE Club sponsored a t-shirt sale prior to Peace Day. For only $5 students and staff could purchase a shirt to wear on Peace Day to create a visual impact message of all wearers proclaiming PEACE! The proceeds were donated to help victims of child abuse here in Union county. “We wanted to raise money for the causes SAVE stands for, so we decided to sell Peace Day shirts. Mrs. Ross knew someone who could get us shirts at a great price, so we sold them for five dollars. We figured many students would buy a $5 shirt, and $2 from every shirt would go straight to charity,” Weber said.

Soccer Coach Nelson Garner invited members of both men’s and women’s soccer teams to play a charity soccer game on September 20 with proceeds from the admissions going to local charity organizations. “We had about 100 people at the soccer game. The score was 4 to 3 with girls winning. We brought in $301 for Turning Point Domestic Violence Center with the soccer game. The t-shirts brought in $350 for The Tree House Child Advocacy Center as well. Turning Point helps domestic violence victims and their families and the Tree House works with abused children,” said Mrs. Ross.

For more information on International Peace Day, visit http://internationaldayofpeace.org/. For more information on the video “Peace One Day”, visit http://www.peaceoneday.org/en/about/features/global-truce-in-the-classroom.

Written by: Ms. Paula White
Posted: Sep 24, 2011 by Paula White

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