United States 27 April: Saratt, S.C. - Anderson, S.C.
Peace Blossoming in the South!!
At AC Marriott Spartanburg, as soon as we stepped out of the van we met people who were thrilled to support the Peace Run!
A big thank you to the wonderful staff and management of AC Hotels Marriott for generously accommodating the other half of the team!!
Santiva and Sweta took a detour to Pacolet Middle school to ask for directions, and were invited to give an impromptu presentation to the PE class!
Santiva told the kids about when she first began running as a teenager in Mexico, at a time when girls did not run! She was inspired to be a pioneer.
A big thank you to Pacolet Middle School for so spontaneously taking part and joining our family of Peace lovers!
Reaching Spartanburg, we met quite a few super friendly locals. There will be a big cycle race on tomorrow, so people were getting ready for it!
Our next stop was Buena Vista Elementary School in Greer. This is a really great school! They have been doing projects based on Peace all year and have kids from over 40 different countries!
As we ran in many kids were lining the track holding flags from their native countries.
What country is this girl from? The answer will be at the end of the report...
The school had a Peace Pole project this year and ended up installing not one but four peace poles around the school!
The kids made garlands from origami paper cranes which they bestowed us with on our arrival. So nice!!
We are so deeply grateful to Buena Vista Art Teacher, Wendy Jackson, who contacted The Peace Run several months ago to request our team to visit her school. She has been the driving force behind the schools focus on peace, and is a great inspiration to us all!
We gave Sri Chinmoy's artwork entitled "Peace is priceless" to the school.
Also a big thank you to school principal, David Burgess, partially obscured on the far left, for standing behind such a progressive and inclusive international school spirit. He commented that as adults we need to nurture and encourage all the qualities that the children naturally have, and try not to destroy them.
Sveta from Russia was all smiles at the end of the meeting...We get so much encouragement and energy from the peace lovers we meet along the way!
Nikolaus headed out to begin the miles for the afternoon running, and the kids super enthusiastically accompanied him.
A true peace-lover says,
“I have nothing new to give you,
I have only myself to offer
Lovingly and self-givingly.”