The International Day of Peace, or “Peace Day” was originally established by the United Nations with the intent of providing an opportunity for individuals, organizations, and nations to create outstanding acts of peace on a shared day. Despite this knowledge, few members of the Bishop Carroll High School community knew this day existed until a group of students took the initiative to inform everyone.
The main event took place on September 21st. To celebrate this day devoted to harmony the school gathered in the field to create a human peace sign. Upon entering the field students saw brightly coloured pylons indicating the general shape of a peace sign covering the majority of the field. Everyone found their place and became a part of the rounded symbol for peace. Students helped direct the participants and fill the outline in equal proportions. Finally, everyone held hands and smiled for the cameraman, situated conveniently on our schools roof. It didn’t matter if you were standing beside your best friend or a complete stranger. Still, everyone felt connected and content during a moment of tranquility.
Because participation in the event was not mandatory, some people questioned whether or not it would be successful. In spite of people’s doubts a large quantity of interested students came out to support the event, proving that many young people support the implementation of peaceful actions and relationships in our school and world.
What set Bishop Carroll’s Peace Day celebration apart from other school related events was that it was initiated by a group of devoted students. It was planned in a short period of time, yet still turned out successful. The beauty of the human peace sign was in its sudden arrival, and from the fact that in a short amount of time and planning students could come together simply to breathe in a moment of sincere calmness in support of non-violence around the world.Login or register to post comments. All comments have to go through a queue for approval to keep the nasty stuff out, but we'll post yours as soon as we can.