Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) celebrates Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week, September 19 – 24, 2016. The weeklong celebration, in partnership with the Children’s Services Council and United Way of Broward County, aims to spread messages of peace, create environments that are free from bullying and violence, and promote tolerance and positive change. This year’s theme is “Peace Through Kindness.”
Following are a few of the many activities taking place across the District:
- “Chalk4Peace,” allows students to express messages of inspiration and visions for peace using sidewalk chalk art. Approximately 102 schools will take part on Monday, September 19.
- "Go Blue to End Mean," is designed to raise awareness of bullying among middle school girls, and challenges everyone to get involved by wearing blue. Approximately 68 schools will take part on Tuesday, September 20.
- The "Culture of Peace Award" (by the World Peace Prayer Society), will be presented to the School Board during the School Board meeting on Tuesday, September 20, at 10:45 a.m. This award is in recognition of Choose Peace/Stop Violence and Peace Pole Project, in Broward County. The presentation will take place at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building, 600 SE Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.
- "Peace Across Broward Day," which encourages students, families, school administration and District staff to wear white to celebrate International Day of Peace on Wednesday, September 21.
- “Chalk4Peace in Dania Beach” includes students from Collins Elementary School, Dania Beach Elementary and Olsen Middle School joining the City of Dania Beach and the Broward Sheriff’s Office to chalk messages of peace on Wednesday, September 21, at 9 a.m. at C.W. Thomas Park in Dania Beach.
- Peace Pole Ceremony and unveiling, takes place at Peters Elementary School will take place on Thursday, September 22, at 1 p.m. The school is located at 851 NW 68th Avenue, Plantation, FL 33317.
- Imagine Peace Wish Tree, decorated with messages of peace from students and school staff members is on display at approximately 66 schools, in partnership with Broward County Libraries Youth Divisions, will take part on Friday, September 23.
- “Walk for Peace,” which includes students from Collins Elementary School, Dania Beach Elementary School, Olsen Middle School and South Broward High School will gather, in partnership with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. The walk takes place on Saturday, September 24, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Collins Elementary, which is located at 1050 NW Second Street, Dania Beach FL 33004.
In addition, three BCPS students will be honored for creating the winning design in the annual “Choose Peace/Stop Violence” poster contest. Congratulations to the following students: Amelie Aquino and Aasmeen Atallah from Peters Elementary School, and Tarina Sadek from Margate Middle School. See the winning posters above.
For more information on specific events taking place at specific schools celebrating Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week, contact Cynthia Tapia-Rodriguez, Diversity, Prevention & Intervention, at 754-321-1626.
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