May 4, 2023 Live from the road

Chula Vista, CA - San Diego, CA

Reported by Harita Davies, Vasudha Deming 1.0 mi

Inspiration hit us immediately upon running into the newly built Fahari Jeffers Elementary school.

Kate Bishop, a member of the Chula Vista Board of Education, met the Peace Run team at the school entrance and carried the Peace Torch into the full-school assembly.

Dr. Codrington, principal of the school, spoke to the assembly, followed by two students reading out their statements of peace. Everyone in the assembly took a few minutes to focus on the peace they feel in their heart.

Student Council president Maverick Pereyra spoke eloquently on the meaning of peace and encouraged his fellow students to “Go above and beyond every day to demonstrate peace.” Every student wrote down a brief statement on what they feel peace means—and pledging their own commitment to peace. Additionally, they created artwork on the theme of peace.

These statements and artworks were then put into a time capsule to be buried on the school grounds and opened in 2073! We included our Peace Run brochure also.

We all took a moment to feel peace in our hearts.

Fittingly, the school mascot is the dove, the symbol of peace.

Guess the country is always fun! Harita showing she is from New Zealand.

A choir of Kindergarten students sang a Liberian song of hope, peace and faith.

Next up was a 5th grade performance honoring Pacific Islander heritage: Boys did a form of Hula/Maori Haka dancing and girls did a traditional Tongan dance.

Kate Bishop with two student Torch Bearer award recipients, April and Ricky. Mrs. Bishop spoke about peace and community (and quoted Yoda on "May the 4th be with you" day!)--and mentioned the importance of inclusion, kindness, courage and connection. She emphasized that the children need to teach grown-ups how to demonstrate these qualities!

Two teachers, Mr. Lee and Mrs. Flores were also honored with the Torch-Bearer Award.

Time to pass the torch!

Time to appreciate the incredible teachers!

Dr. Codrington (Principal) and Kate Bishop (member of Board of Education) hold a Certificate of Appreciation and a painting by Sri Chinmoy entitled 'Hope" presented by the Peace Runners.

A proud father, (who also taught the students the Pacific Islander dances), looks on as his daughter holds the Peace Torch.

Thank you Fahari Jeffers Elementary- we were deeply inspired by our visit your school and look forward to coming again!

Our next school was Loma Verde Elementary.

We once again received a glorious welcome!

Thank you to all the students who prepared artwork for the occasion.

Guess the country...Marina is from Korea!

Salil is from...

We all love the World Harmony Run song!

CVESD District Superintendent Jessica Morales spoke about the celebration of peace, contributing kindness, and making peace part of your character.

Time for some great entertainment from the students!

Such adorable head pieces!

Some surprise visitors came to check us out...

A big thank you to 5th graders Maura Duenas, who read out one of Sri Chinmoy's poems on peace, and Matthew Herrera, Andrea Morfin and Charlotte Luque for sharing their peace visions and poetry with us.

Delilah Mays and Matthew Herrera received the Torch-Bearer Award for exemplifying kindness, goodness and a service spirit to all. Keep it up- the world needs more people like you!

School psychologist Angela Cerda received the Torch-Bearer Award for her untiring service to the children.

Funnily enough, when Angela was called up she was holding a preschooler who had fallen asleep in her arms- so adorable!

Mr. Robert Hemingway, who was videoing our event, received the Torch-Bearer Award for his many years of self giving service. He spoke beautifully about promoting peace in the community.

thats peace!

We offered our Certificate of Appreciation and an artwork by Sri Chinmoy to Loma Verde School Principal, Bree Watson.

Thank you Bree for your super enthusiastic welcome to The Peace Run- we hope this is our first visit of many!!!

We called up the teachers to recognise the significant role they each play in cultivating a world of peace.

Students love to see their teachers running a lap with the torch!

We are always happy when everyone gets to hold the torch and share their love and hopes for peace.

In life only one thing matters —
 Peace, once we have,
We need nothing more.
-Sri Chinmoy

Some of the mens team members enjoyed a "Peace Bike" at the beautiful local Coronado Beach.

In the evening, Noble Learning hosted a Hold the Peace Run Torch event for the public. Noble Learning is a shop offering inspiring, uplifting products as well as free meditation classes.

Passers by were invited to hold the torch and share their hopes and dreams for peace.

Long time Peace Run supporter and Pilgrimage of the Heart Yoga founder, Sujantra, stopped by to hold the torch.

We were so happy that our dear friends and long time Peace Run supporters, , Mother and daughter pair Laurel and Jennifer, came by to show their support!

Noble Learning's gallery features original paintings by Peace Run founder Sri Chinmoy.

The event featured a photo exhibit of the runners carrying the torch in a range of scenic and interesting settings from around the world over the years.

The event featured delicious refreshments from Jyoti-Bihanga Vegetarian Restaurant, another strong supporter of the Peace Run.

US Peace Run Co-Director, Harita Davies (who is also an accomplished ultra-marathon runner) co-facilitated Sports, Fitness & Meditation class (along with Noble Learning founder Vasudha Deming).

Torch carried by
Alakananda Lebedev (United States), Arpan DeAngelo (United States), Dave Morrison (United States), Devendra Cheatham (United States), Gatisheela Truong (Vietnam), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Jack Morrison (United States), Marina Pak (Russia), Natabara Rollosson (United States), Papaha Gosline (United States), Pransukh Marks (United States), Preetidutta Thorpe (New Zealand), Pujari Schaffer (United States), Salil Wilson (Australia), Santiva Morrison (United States), Vasudha Deming (United States).  
Alakananda Lebedev, Harita Davies, Salil Wilson
The torch has travelled 1.0 mi from Chula Vista, CA to San Diego, CA.

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