Newburgh Elementary Students Join Chalk4Peace International

Newburgh Enlarged City School District Students got on their hands and knees late in September to Chalk4Peace in honor of International Peace Day. They literally drew their own conclusions about the concept in a colorful display of hope and happiness.

Press Release: On September 21, 2011, students from the Newburgh Enlarged City School District celebrated International Peace Day by uniting with others to spread the message of peace across the world. Temple Hill Academy Art Teachers, Elizabeth Cappello and Liza Mills, along with their students, participated in the international art movement Chalk4Peace.

The Chalk4Peace organization is an international Non-Profit that invites people of all ages and backgrounds to unite and communicate their vision of peace by creating chalk artwork outdoors. Read More about Chalk4Peace.

The front walkway of Temple Hill Academy was lively with the sounds of students, art teachers, and building administration throughout the day, as students gathered in small groups and worked together to create a giant chalk montage displaying hope, peace, and love for a better world for all.

In addition, over at Horizons on the Hudson Magnet School, students and teachers stood united for peace by forming a human peace sign on the school playground.

 As the first Orange County elementary school to be recognized as an accredited International Baccalaureate Programme school, IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) Coordinator David Brown explained that teaching the concept of tolerance and peace for others was especially important to show students. From the Website :

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Newburgh schools continue to prove themselves to be an enriched learning environment with a multitude of dynamic in-and-out of the classroom experiences offered. We especially love that playground peace sign made up of teachers and students! What a great photo and what a great way to start off our week.

Lolita Sage, Managing Editor