Students at Jefferson Montessori School in Gaithersburg spent the month of September with a peace education curriculum that included arts and crafts, stories and discussions.
They celebrated Peace Day with a Peace Walk Friday,
“This year, the entire Jefferson community including our toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, faculty, staff and parents participated in our annual ‘Moving Voices Peace Walk,’” head of school Najma Shah wrote in an email. “[We} met at the imagination garden and ‘Paloma’, the Jefferson Peace Dove, led the group on the peace walk. ... Upon reaching the Sports Court we gathered around our Peace Pole and offered words of peace in English, Spanish, Hindi, Chinese, Portugese, Arabic and French. We concluded by lighting a candle for peace.”
The International Day of Peace, known as Peace Day, was established by the United Nations in 1981. It is observed around the world on Sept. 21.