United States 6 March: San Diego

Day Two in San Diego as excellent as Day One

The excitement builds as we prepare for our first school of the day.

Our teammate Valeria holds the Peace Torch for the first time in her life. We are pleased to have her.

Welcome to our New York teammmate, Shephali.

Clairmont Town Council members Breanne Mode and Morey Rahmi join the team for our visit to Sequioa Elementary School.

Welcome runners!

A moment of peace...

then sound and song for peace including Imagine by John Lennon and Peace Train by Cat Stevens.

Many students chose an image they felt meant peace to them, then described it. Principal Kissel joined them in sharing their thoughts.

Peace looks like family...

music...

and the friendship of a furry friend.

Sequoia selected three Torch Bearer Award recipients...

Isabella Terry - ASB President, excellent example to her peers and amazing friend to all who know her...

Michael Snyder who has dedicated his life to the lives of young people in Clairmont through extensive work in non profit education and service...

and finally, Ms Foster - a beloved teacher whose self giving and friendship extendeds over 30 years as an educator.

We were happy to welcome Rob Knudsen from the 77th California State Assembly who presented the awards. He also presented the peace runners with a Proclamation. Thank you!

Then we head outside for more peace loving fun.

Thank you Sequoia Elementary and Principal Kissel! We look forward to seeing you next time.

This banner decorated the walls of our second school, Adams Elementary.

Our Adam's student envoy shared the school motto with us: "Work Hard. Be Kind. Dream Big. Make It Happen."

Thank you Principal McGrade for having us.

The enthusiasm of Adams' students and their songs and dance were one of the highlights of our day.

A young student correctly guesses the home of our Scottish teammate, Dhavala.

Outer excitement, then...

a moment of peace.

The team and Adams Elementary were pleased to have Brett Weise from Councilman Christopher Ward's office attend. He presented Torch Bearer Awards to some very worthy recipient's including

Nancy & Mike Palmer for their work in promoting a dual language program throughout the school district...

Leona Garety - dedicated custodian and constant friend to all, and

student Nicolette Streater, 4th grader, student council member and tireless advocate for a successful anti bullying campaign.

Thank you Adams Elementary for sharing your No Place for Hate Promise with us.

Our final farewell to Adams Elementary included the rock wall around the school entrance with inspiring messages from cultures around the world including the above poem by Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy.