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Kids who care about peace

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ASPEN ” Students at Aspen Elementary School celebrated “Peace Day” on Thursday, Feb. 26. The events were initiated by the “I Care Kids,” a group of 22 third- and fourth-grade leaders.

Students include: David Parada, Olivia Krys, Henry Ferguson, Jordan Fox, Grace Ferguson, Robbie Francis, Carter Hall, Mary Wells, RJ Peshek, Jordan Horburg, Aubrey Vanderpol, Kyle Miller, Kaia Vresilovic, Will Newton, Juliet Woodrow, Liza Vecchiarello, Hazel Wille, Dara Schenck, Jordana Rothberg, Calli Ferguson, Mackenzie Miller and Katie Garcia. The events were meant to create peace within our school, as well as support our sister school in Afghanistan, Roshana Balkhi.

The “I Care Kids” wrote a letter to the principal, Doreen Goldyn, and it included the following: “People in Afghanistan need help. The I Care Kids want to help. We want to have fundraisers so that we can give money to a foundation that builds schools. We know that school is a privilege and we want to share it with people in Afghanistan. They deserve to go to school too.”

All students, first through fourth grade, made a statement representing what peace means to them individually in Dee Searing’s writing class. These statements were decorated with art work. The first and second grade students’ work was pieced together in paper quilts so that each stu dent represented a “piece of peace.” Peace flags were made with the third- and fourth-grade students work and are now hanging in the school cafeteria.

In addition, all AES students were encouraged to dress in peace clothes and bring money for the bake sale … It was a great success.

The “I Care Kids” are now planning a can drive to benefit Lift Up. Any community dona­tions are welcome; cans and/or food items can be dropped off at Aspen Elementary School.


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