Kids give peace a chance

Peace out: Fourth-grader Honey Stukes and her friends show off their peace signs at PS 251’s Peace March on June 8.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Kids know what war’s good for — absolutely nothin’.

Students and teachers at PS 251 held their third annual Peace March on June 8, where family members were delighted by performances, speeches, and more hand-crafted peace signs than you can shake a picket at.

“Every year it gets better. We have different performances, the teachers get more involved, it’s a great thing to bring the school community together,” said Physical Education Teacher Scott Dyer.

Students in grades pre-K through fifth at the Canarsie school worked hard in preparation for the march — which circumvented the school, going around the Fox Playground and turning at 55th Street to head back to the building — to create peace-themed decorations and banners to wear while walking.

In a change of pace, the teachers entertained the students before the march got underway — the school librarian put on a one-woman act about the book “Zero,” and the chorus teacher sang an all-original peace rap.

But teachers weren’t the only performers that afternoon — the Team Paerdegat Cheerleader Squad danced to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and cheered for the cause.

The Peace March is the culmination of the year’s Resolving Conflict Creatively and Peacefully program, which was developed by the school’s assistant principal Sheela Phillip to teach students to resolve conflicts creatively and peacefully.

Reach reporter Colin MIxson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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