Peace Day at Leif Ericson Day School
The International Day of Peace on September 21 was celebrated bythe students at Leif Ericson Day School in Dyker Heights as a dayof respect, love and non-violence.
We wanted to make our culture of peace more pronounced, wewanted to make it a public event, explained Rita Pihra-Majurinen,the music director at the school who co-coordinated the event. Wehave to take our culture to heart and put it to practice in and outof the school. Our kids are global citizens and the world needs toget a lot better.
The International Day of Peace was founded by the United Nationsin 1988. It was originally supposed to be a day of cease fire, buthas turned into an event celebrated across the event promotingrespect for others and non-violence. This is the sixth year theLeif Ericson Day School has held a Peace Day event.
We have to use prayer to promote peace, said principalChristine Hauge, adding that students will be reminded of Peace Dayon the 21st of each month for the rest of the school year. We haveto take this pledge of non-violence outside of the building – thatis the challenge.