This week, all the schools within the William Floyd District will be demonstrated their solidarity with an array of activities that promote an expression of diversity, peace and anti-bullying.
On Monday, September 22nd, William Floyd High School hosted Unity Night for families in our community. Every visitor received a “Peace Passport” and was asked to bring it to each station. Tables were set up with activities geared toward teaching kids how to resolve conflict peacefully. Anti-bullying and creating your own planet were just two of the many stations set up with hands-on activities for the children.After the children completed an activity, they earned a sticker for their passport. When they collected 4 stickers, they received a prize.
“This is the first year we’ve done this as a student-run event with all of the clubs being involved,” said Janet Gilmore. “The theme this year is “Youth & Peace” so we thought we would get our students involved in the planning to help promote peace with the younger students.”
William Floyd High School senior Ryan Taphouse who is a member of Youth and Government and Junior Human Rights Commission said “A lot of groups helped put this together. We have Planet Peace where kids make up their own rules for the planet that they are making. There is also Peaceful Role Models where the kids will learn about people like Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and Ghandi and they will make a role model in their life. We have a Memory Table where the children will learn a bunch of respect words and we also have face painting outside.”
Student artwork was on display in the hallway representing peace and unity. Students were outside created sidewalk murals with chalk and painting the children’s faces.
For 14 years, the Shanti Fund has reached out to school districts across Long Island, asking them to spread the message of peace during the week before Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. (Shanti means peace in Sanskrit.)