Students celebrate World Peace Day - September 20, 2007

Record Number: 3428
Displayed from: Sep 20, 2007 , until: Sep 30, 2007

Students at Waynedale Elementary and Towles Intermediate schools will celebrate International Day of Peace Friday, Sept. 21. Sept. 21 was declared International Day of Peace by the United Nations in 2001, 20 years after the first International Day of Peace. The day is to be observed as a day of global ceasefire and non-violence. Many recognize the day by participating in the noon Minute of Silence. At 10:30 a.m. Friday, second-graders at Waynedale Elementary, 7201 Elzey St., will create a Pinwheels for Peace display on the school lawn. Students at Towles have been working all week on their peace display. Elementary school students decorated peace signs to be arranged on the wall near the office and hung in windows. Middle school students will make blue peace ribbons to wear Friday. The school's Montessori curriculum has a strong peace component. Students at Towles have been working in the school's peace garden, and last year placed a Peace Pole with 12 different languages in the garden. This year, picnic tables and benches were added, and classrooms often use the space for silent reading or quiet lessons.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.