Abr. 17, 2024 Live from the road

New York

Reported by Sweta Pradhan, Thamara Paiva 4.0 mi

Sacred Heart Catholic Academy welcomed the Peace Run team with a big cheer.

Salil introduced the Peace Run to the school.

The team invited the students to play a country guessing game. This girl found Rhode Island!

The students at Sacred Heart were very good at guessing the countries where our team members came from.

Feeling peace in the heart.

Some students composed beautiful poems about peace and shared them with the Peace Runners...

Students recited their poems at the podium.

Annalisse Ruddy, 8 years old, received the Torch Bearer Award for being a loving, caring, and studious student. She exemplifies peace in everything she does, as she wrote in a poem in her own words titled "Peace".

The Peace Runners presented another Torch Bearer medal to Mrs. Evelyn Ricot. She is a retired banker and grandmother who has been a volunteer in the school for over twenty years, taking part in the grooming and nurturing of little minds.

She is a much loved member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Academy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus R.C. Church Community.

Local Coordinator, Kovida Cruz, offering an art work by Sri Chinmoy to the principal, Dr. C. Celestine.

Annalisse led the students to take a lap around the school premises with the peace torch.

Each student held the torch to make their own wish for peace.

The next Peace Run ceremony was at Theresa Paplin School in Queens. This a special education school that serves challenged adolescents and young adults from our local community.

Kovida and Antana are all smiles getting ready for the school ceremony.

We introduced the Peace Run.

Lunthita led the students in a "Feel Peace in the Heart" exercise.

Saranyu hopping like a kangaroo to give a clue for the students to guess her country. Many students excitedly got it right and Salil asked the student to come up to point to Australia on the map.

Another clue for guessing the country that has the highest mountain in the world..Nepal!

Did you guess Hungary..? That's right!!

Here's where Mongolia is on the country map.

and here's Brazil!

Ash, a proud holder of the torch, shared his extraordinary poem with the team.

Peace runners performing some skits to demonstrate peaceful and non-peaceful behavior.

Time for the World Harmony Run song with actions.

Asst. Principal Mrs Donita Miller graciously accepting the Certificate of Appreciation and artwork by Sri Chinmoy.

Mrs. Donita delightfully leading all the teachers to take a lap around the classroom.

The students got to hold the torch and run a lap around the school yard with the Peace Runners.

A group photo at the finish with the wonderful teachers and students. A special thank you to School Principal and longtime friend, Kevin Boyd,(not pictured).

Special thank you to Theresa Paplin teacher and longtime friend, El, for sharing a few words about the importance of looking within for peace. A perfect end to another special day in Queens!

Torch carried by
Antana Locs (Canada), Bhashwar Hart (United States), Bhikshuni Weisbrot (United States), Devendra Cheatham (United States), Erdenetsetseg Gankhuu (Mongolia), Ganapati Coleman (United States), Harita Davies (New Zealand), Jozsef Dicso (Hungary), Karabi Hart (United States), Kovida Cruz (U.S. Virgin Islands), Lunthita Duthely (United States), Puroga Theobald (Hungary), Saranyu Pearson (Australia), Sharika Xavier (Cape Verde), Sweta Pradhan (Nepal), Thamara Paiva (Brazil), Uugantsetseg Otgonbayar (Mongolia), Virangini Afzal (United States).  
Bhashwar Hart, Devendra Cheatham, Salil Wilson
The torch has travelled 4.0 mi in New York.

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