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Promoting peace at Public school 119

In celebration of their third annual International Peace Day, Public School 119, the Magnet School for Global and Ethical Studies, organized and participated in a number of events to promote peace within the school and around the world.

Games focused on the theme of “peace” were played throughout the day in the PS 119’s schoolyard, 3829 Avenue K, which encouraged cooperation and trust between classmates, including “Blind Trust,” “Hoop Dreams” and “Juggling for Peace,” among many others.

After the games, the children entered the Peace Garden where they were met by Robert “Bluesman” Ross to sing some songs that were reflective of peace, including the stirring “This Little Light of Mine,” which could be heard throughout Flatbush.

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 made wishes for peace on a mandala rock, the focal point of the garden.

“I wish China did not take over Tibet,” said third 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 culminated with the entire school meeting in the schoolyard waving flags from around the world, and holding banners and paper doves, which bore personal messages for peace. Once the entire school was convened, they exited the schoolyard to “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, which carried PS 119’s wishes for peace into the air.

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