REPORTING · 26th September 2015
Photo above credited to Robin Rowland
September 21st is the International Day of Peace. In Kitimat, a celebration recognizing the day was held during an assembly at Kildala Elementary School. After, they went out into the field behind the school and spelled out the words: Peace One Day.
“It is a day to stop violence and war throughout world,” said Eleanor Kendall. “We really want to have peace, and thinking about peace, as a legacy for our children. Today we saw some wonderful examples of children from the youngest grades, grades ones and twos reading their, somewhat humorous in some cases, thoughts on what peace was and what peace is to them.”
Kildala Elementary School was the first Rotary Peace School in Kitimat. Several members of the Rotary Club of Kitimat, as well as a number of proud parents, were sitting on the stage watching the festivities.
“This year, it’s actually our children that are celebrating Peace Day. Of course, we’ve done that ourselves as adults and we know how much that means to us, because we’ve lived that many more years,” said Kendall.
There were several readings by the classes, which included poems and what the meaning of peace is. Near the end of the assembly, the students got up to perform a dance.
The assembly also served as a dedication ceremony for the Be a Friend Bench, a bench for their playground put together by the Kildala out of School Care, marked with their Motto, or Be a Friend.
Amelie Hrynkiw, a student, explained to the assembly, the bench will sit on the playground. Children who are feeling lonely, sad or have been bullied, can sit on the bench. Other children on the playground are encouraged to invite them to play with them, or spend time with them.
Amelie Hrynkiw presents the bench to the school
Mrs. Strikers grade 4/5 class recites a poem to the school