The womens team thanked Quality Inn and Suites in Mobile for the support that they showed us. The Manager, Melissa Havard, (second from left) accepted a Certificate of Appreciation on behalf of the Hotel. Melissa was excited to hold the Peace Torch and invited other staff to do the same.
The first Peace Run ceremony of the day was at the W. H. Council Traditional School. The Principle, Ms. Hattie Alexander, welcomed the runners warmly. The school presented a number of polished performances including renditions of We Are One, The Girl From Ipanema, the Mexican Hat Dance and In One Voice.
After the performances and presentations, children were given the opportunity to hold the Peace Torch.
Holding the Peace Run Flag.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to the school.
Pierre, our French team member, is seen here making lunch in the RV.
The second ceremony of the day was held at Hawkins Elementary School in Hattiesburg Mississipi. The Principle, Ms Hope Mikell, enthusiastically welcomed the team. A video was played which showed Peace Run activities in many countries around the world. The Peace Run song was sung and all of the children were given an opportunity to hold the Torch.
Lauren Coleman from 7 WDAM covered the ceremony.
Saying our farewells...
The teams ran in the afternoon.
Salil met Cynthia in Semmes. She is a mother of eight and was out exercising when she saw the Peace Run team and stopped to offer her best wishes.
Angela from Collins also offered her enthusiastic encouragement to the running team. She met us when we stopped our van in front of her giftstore on Route 49 to wait for a runner.
In between other activities, the mens team gave their van a much needed clean.