United States 9 March: Lake Mary, FL - Sanford, FL
Start North America Peace Run 2020 in Lake Mary FL
The two teachers and students chosen for their selfless service at school showing compassion and love creating a more peaceful world are Naeli Janvier, Vito Piacenti, Mrs, Susan Rutherford and Mini Martinez.
Principal Carver and Santiva planting a peace tree. The school will add a buddy bench to make it a place where students can go and sit if they are feeling lonely or sad. Students and teachers will know that this is a time to be kind and offer friendship to the student seating on the bench, part of their Positive Behavioral Support initiative.
We would like to thank principal Rick Carver and Brenda Knight for their wonderful heartfelt welcome at Crystal Lake Elementary. We are most grateful for your hard work and enthusiasm receiving the Peace Torch in your school.
Fantastic welcome by all students standing in their hallways showing us the countries that they have been studying for a month!
Coach Fritz from Haiti, speaking to students about the beginning of his inspiration for coaching came from his first school, Wicklow Elementary.
Students and teachers receiving the Peace Run Torch-Bearer Award for their efforts in making a positive difference in their school are from left Kylie Parshall, Angel Ruiz, Felix Arroyo and Kelly Venn-Thorpe.
Principal Martina Herndon receiving our Certificate of Appreciation and a painting by Sri Chinmoy as an offering of our gratitude for their participation in the Peace Run 2020.
We would like to thank Lisa Hengehold, on left, for a wonderful job organizing all of today's events for her school. We are very grateful for all the hard work of the teachers and students also!
The whole school lined up waiting enthusiastically for the Peace Torch to arrive wearing their peace hats, colorful art signs and waving flags!
Some of our runners offered short, amusing skits demonstrating behaviors that the children had to judge as being peaceful or not. Each behavior we do in life can either add to peace around us or detract from a more peaceful world.
Chosen to receive the Torch Bearer Award Medal for their selfless service at school and community are from left: Jazelle Richardson, Riley Booth, Jackie Grimes, and very first Principal of Bentley School for 20 years, Mr. Ron Nathan.
Offering our gratitude to Bentley Elementary for such fantastic job, hard work and enthusiastic welcoming of the Peace Torch to their school.
Wing, originally from Taiwan but has been living here for many years, joined us today. She is a runner and parent who is very active in her local school community. Thank you for your participation!
We would like to thank Principal Garcia and Caryn Hinrichs for organizing such an unbelievable welcome to the Peace Run at their school today. Gratitude!
After visiting Bentley Elementary it was time to run 2 miles to our next and last school of the day, Idyllwilde Elementary School.
We were lucky to have with us Coach Fritz, our friend Wing, Coach Sonia Carmona at front, Coach Brandy Moore and Sonia's daughter, 5 yr old Celeste, who ran the 2 miles with us!
The Peace Run Torch-Bearer Awards were given to some of the students selected for their outstanding contributions in word and deed to their school and community which contributed to a more peaceful world around them.
Our Torch Bearer's for Idyllwilde Elem. are Natalia Voltaire, Riley Sillaway, William Tillman, Fritz Voltaire and Nellivette Soto.
Principal Lenore Logsdon receiving a certificate of appreciation and a painting by founder of Peace Run, Sri Chinmoy. Thank you for organizing such wonderful programs at your school.
Coach Fritz Voltaire and his daughter Natalia.
Thank you Fritz and Shelly for organizing for us such wonderful schools and a church to visit today. We are very grateful for your support for Peace Run 2020. You are officially a peace runner from now on!
After a very busy day visiting 4 schools Dave invited the team for a nice dinner at a Mediterranean restaurant. Infinite gratitude!