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Mary Help of Christians School celebrates International Day of Peace

Alicia Montgomery, middle school science teacher at Mary Help of Christians School in Parkland, came up with this peace-themed word cloud after asking her eighth grade classes to share what one word or phrase means to them.

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Alicia Montgomery, middle school science teacher at Mary Help of Christians School in Parkland, came up with this peace-themed word cloud after asking her eighth grade classes to share what one word or phrase means to them.

PARKLAND | With a "peace wave," a minute of silence and some creative activities, faculty and students at Mary Help of Christians School virtually celebrated the International Day of Peace Sept. 21. The theme for 2020 was Shaping Peace Together.

In Donna Kearins' fourth grade social studies class, the students listened to Red Grammer sing about teaching peace. They discussed the United Nations and how International Peace Day came into existence. Kearins then asked the students to use symbols of peace and think of three ways they can share peace.

Alicia Montgomery, middle school science teacher, asked her eighth grade classes what one word or phrase means to them and made a word cloud with their responses.

The entire school also joined the Peace Wave, a minute of silence observed at noon in each time zone, resulting in a "peace wave” around the world.

In 1981, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously voted to designate International Day of Peace as a period of non-violence and cease-fire. The United Nations invited all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the day, and to otherwise commemorate the day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.

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