Churchill marks Peace Day with message, “May Peace Prevail”
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Peace begins within us. That was the message this week at Churchill High School, where the annual Peace Day was celebrated.

“Churchill is a leader in creating peace in our lives and in the world,” said CHS student Loren Kruger, who served as the ceremony’s emcee. “This afternoon, we will chime our brand new peace gong, in celebration of this beautiful day, of the dream of peace on earth and for peace in our lives.”

Students recited excerpts from the United Nations resolution that established the International Day of Peace, encouraging all of humanity to work together toward worldwide peace.

“This day will serve as a reminder to all peoples that our organization, with all its limitations, is a living instrument in the service of peace and should serve all of us here within the organization as a constantly pealing bell, reminding us that our permanent commitment, above all interests or differences of any kind, is to peace,” said CHS Peer Connections student representative Jack Tolen, reading from the U.N. Resolution.

Churchill High School has held Peace Day since first dedicating its Peace Pole in 2009. The pole, located in a peace garden area of the school grounds, represents the message, “May Peace Prevail,” which is written in 36 different languages on the pole and symbolizes the school’s mission for unity and peace across cultural bonds.

The brief commemoration was brought together by several clubs and staff members at Churchill, including Barbara Jones, counselor;  Lisa Wilson, student assistance provider; Ron Zapalaski, teacher; Student Council; Gay Straight Alliance; Peer Connections; National Honors Society; Success Strategies; True Colors; CAPA; the American Sign Language Club; the orchestra, band, choir members and others. Members of the football team cleaned up the garden grounds in preparation for the ceremony, and the Churchill PTSA purchased mums for the garden area.

Jones said Peace Day is a chance for all of these clubs and groups to connect and support each other, under the common theme of peace.  Choir students sang, “Imagine,” by John Lennon; CHS student Kaylee Traster played a flute solo and Creative and Performing Arts students Hannah Wells and Cole Nelson performed an original dramatic reading about peace, entitled, “All of us Together.”

Principal Kevin Etue said peace is not only possible, but is critical for a healthy world and a content soul.

“Churchill students and staff need peace of mind to sort out the large decisions that we make every day,” he said. “With that in mind, I encourage all of us to consider where we need peace in our lives, in our school, in our country and in the world.”

A moment of silence was held to punctuate the message.

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CHS student TJ Hughey does American Sign Language during the Peace Day ceremony at Churchill. 

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Choir students sang, "Imagine." 
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CHS club representatives explained the United Nations role in the building world peace. 
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Kaylee Traster performed a flute solo during the Peace Day ceremony.