We had a busy day bringing the peace torch to 3 schools today.
Unfortunately, we don’t have photos yet for the first 2 schools since we are waiting for them to be approved for our website. A description of the 2 wonderful schools we visited today:
First school was Kimball Elementary where principal Francisco Lopez, teachers, staff, and students received us with an amazing enthusiasm.
Three of the students Emmanuel, Daniel and Ruby were very kind carrying the torch leading the way to the ceremony.
Students held all the wonderful artwork that they had been working on when we arrived at the ceremony. We would like to thank the teachers and students for a job well done, where all students had the opportunity to share with us their hopes and dreams for a better world.
Josie Flores-Clark, Executive Secretary to Mayor Ron Morrison, read out a Proclamation declaring May 3 as Peace Run Day in National City.
Two of the students presented the Peace Runners with the Kendal Elementary Valued Added pin.
The Torch Bearer Award Medals were presented to the following individuals for their excellent selfless service:
Sasha Serrano (Librarian Specialist)
Jose Julian Salazar-Lopez (student)
Margaret Gotshalk (teacher and strong advocate for National City)
Maria Rosales (community member)
All students had fun running around the school playground with the Peace Torch.
Our second school for the day was Las Palmas Elementary, where Principal Berenice Walker welcomed us along with students and staff. All the kids were so excited holding their artwork for peace as we ran into assembly.
The 3rd graders performed a beautiful song that they wrote for the Peace Run with the Ukulele ensemble.
Another group performed a beautiful song for peace with their flutes.
After the performances the representative for Mayor Ron Morrison, Josie Flores-Clark, spoke about the importance of peace in National City and on behalf of Mayor Ron Morrison, she offered awards to the following recipients for their selfless service to their community.
Sherry, a local businesswoman for helping the homeless youth.
Moises Iavarone from the District for providing playgrounds for the city and food for families in Thanksgiving.
Miss Rosario and Miss Murillo and Dr. Porter also received an award for their selfless service at the school.
The Torch Award was given to the following recipients:
Mina Hernandez, student
Jose Mata, student
Alicia Estrella, school counselor
Congratulations to all recipients and we would like to thank Las Palmas Elementary for all the hard work they put into receiving us at their school.