April 20, 2016 Live from the road

Wilmington, Delaware - Baltimore, Maryland

Reported by Arpan DeAngelo 43.0 mi

We are very grateful to the Doubletree Hotel for their very kind sponsorship of rooms for us to stay in. Their friendly and courteous service was so encouraging to us and the clean and orderly accommodations made our stay a very pleasant one.

Pierre prepares a nice salad this morning for the team lunch.

Luana and Tavishi enjoy an early morning run towards Baltimore.

Meanwhile another happy duo, Harita and Yasodevi, add on their miles on this lovely morning run towards Baltimore.

Two more happy runners, Akbota and Luana, proudly hold the torch of Peace high as they make their way to our first school ceremony of the day.

WBAL TV News 11 came to cover our events at the Matthew A. Henson Elementary School in Baltimore this morning.

Some of the children greeted us very sincerely and warmly as we entered into the large auditorium.

Our team is welcomed by Cameron E. Miles, holding the Torch, and Chandini Bachman, our local coordinator who worked hard on coordinating this event. Mr. Miles was later awarded the Torch Bearer Award for his valuable work with the youth of Baltimore.

Our whole team of 12 runners from 10 different countries was there to make our presentation to this very attentive young audience.

The children loved to participate in our games and activities centered around the theme of peace and friendship.

In this guessing game a large photo is turned around after each correct answer from the audience until they can decipher the word which is slowly revealed on the back of the cards.

WBAL TV was on top of things as they stayed for our whole event.

Teaching the children our World Harmony Run song written by the Founder of the Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy.

Cameron E. Miles is happy to have received the Torch Bearer Award. He is the Director of Mentoring Male Teens in the Hood and the New Shiloh Family Life Center in Baltimore. For many years he has guided young teens to improve their lives and become responsible and caring citizens of their communities.

After our program the children had an opportunity to carry the peace torch around the auditorium for a few laps.

They also had a chance to hold the torch and make wishes for peace and harmony.

Holding the torch evokes lots of beautiful smiles.

Our next school in Baltimore was the Gilmor Elementary School.

We met with a small group of children who greeted us quite enthusiastically in the library.

They were eager to participate in our activities such as singing a song with actions to it.

They also were quite receptive to feeling peace and harmony in the heart in absolute silence.

Holding the torch and thinking of some good qualities always brings out the best in the children.

Principal Curtis O. Durham kindly invited us to come and was eager to participate in our program as he and some of the children accept some of our gifts to them in gratitude for allowing us to come to their wonderful school.

We offered them some paintings by Sri Chinmoy, the Founder of the Peace Run, as well as a Certificate of Appreciation signed by our international team of runners. We are very grateful for the opportunity to share these important issues with the very mature children.

Torch carried by
Akbota Jumabayeva (Kazakhstan), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Chetana Hein (United States), Devashishu Torpy (Great Britain), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Himadri Kavai (Hungary), Janani Spence (Great Britain), Luana Koch (Germany), Papaha Gosline (United States), Pierre Lantuas (France), Pragati Pascale (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Samunnati Lehonkava (Ukraine), Sarankhuu Jargal (Mongolia), Shatapatri Mahar (Canada), Tavishi Matthews (Australia), Yashodevi Samar (Ukraine).  
Photographers
Harita Davies, Pierre Lantuas, Puroga Theobald, Sarankhuu Jargal
The torch has travelled 43.0 mi from Wilmington, Delaware to Baltimore, Maryland.

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