United States 19 November: Bridgeport, Connecticut

Bridgeport Peace Lovers

The Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport, Connecticut kindly welcomes us once again.

Many of the children who wrote poems about peace on their peace doves welcomed us to their beautiful school.

Harita from New Zealand introduced our team and the Peace Run to the chldren outside on this chilly day.

The children showed us where the runners came from after guessing our countries.

Ana Batista, one of the special education teachers, helped to organize this event with the children. We are very grateful to her for doing such a wonderful job getting the children involved in this event with us.

An early 'Santa' happily shares his artwork.

Our team offers a song and a 'dance' as we sing one of our Peace Run songs with the children.

The children sing along with us, joining in on the actions to the words as well.

Adhiratha Keefe, a longtime employee at the United Nations, explains UNICEF to the children:
"The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to put children first. UNICEF has helped save more children’slives than any other humanitarian organization by providing health care and immunizations, safe water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more."

We also were celebrating World Children's Day, declared by the UNICEF for November 20. According to UNICEF:
"Children have their rights denied every single day. We want to build a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential, and we know you do too. It's time to put children back on the agenda."

The children participated in a moment of silence and tried to feel the peace in their hearts.

Joan Sameepa Haas, a former teacher at Batalla School, holds the Peace Torch with the children. We are very grateful to her for organizing this event with staff member Ana Batista, second from right.
The children hold a colorful peace painting by Sri Chinmoy, Founder of the Peace Run.

Sameepa helps to share the Peace Torch with the children as they offer their hopes and wishes for peace.

Getting ready for a mini peace run around the schoolyard.

Bikashita Bill Haas leads the children on a Peace Run, as the 'engine' of the 'Peace Train'.

Much gratitude to a great group of peace-loving children and staff at the Batalla School.

Their smiles say it all. Thank you to all those who participated today here at the Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport.