United States 23 May: Chula Vista, CA - National City, CA

A tale of two (wonderful) schools

Our morning began with a very exciting reception from Stephen W Hawking Charter school. Principal Kirti Srivastava carried the torch into the assembly.

This young fellow recited a beautifully heartfelt poem he had written a few months earlier.

This young girl also shared with us her heartfelt poem.

Nikolaus introduced the team.

A beautiful and enthusiastic student body.

Ms. Tawny DeAlva, who was instrumental in organizing the event, enjoys a moment of silence with the children.

We were treated to a tabla performance by the
"World Music Class."

Mayor of Chula Vista, Mary Salas, came and presented Torch-Bearer awards to selected students.

Chula Vista Council Member Mike Diaz also participated.

Passing the torch.

Last thing we went for a run!

Our next school was Rancho de la Nacion Elementary in National City.

Nikolaus and Grahak took us back in time to 1987 when the Peace Run began.

Actions to the World Harmony Run song.

Award recipients for excellence in creative writing.

Principal Katherine Melanese was one of the surprise Torch-Bearer recipients.

Mayor of National City, Ron Morrison, has been a long time and enthusiastic supporter of the Peace Run. He is a true believer in the value of creating a good and harmonious community and has served as Mayor for 12 years and 14 years before that as a council member!

Ms. Janice Martineli of the National City Historical Society came to receive a Torch-Bearer award.

Ms. Maribel Gavin, Principal of Sweetwater High was another Torch-Bearer recipient. Her husband and her Administrative Assistant were on hand to receive the award on her behalf.

Mayor Morrison presents us with a proclamation.

Holding the torch.

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