Long Beach Middle School Focuses on Peace

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Long Beach Middle School observed International Day of Peace on September 21 with a ceremony. A new peace pole was installed directly in front of the building and was dedicated as a monument to peace.

Principal Paul Romanelli read the passage, “The 24-hour Global Ceasefire” as an opening to the event. Art teacher Laura Swan read a statement about the hand-crafted peace pole, displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth,” on each of its sides in different languages. She noted that there are tens of thousands of peace poles in 180 countries all over the world that serve as constant reminders to visualize and pray for world peace.  
An international peace banner created by the Multicultural Club was displayed and eighth-grader Ashely Friedman played John Lennon's "Imagine" on her Ukulele. Another student, Christina Manzanares, shared an original piece that she wrote.

"Peace means to me that there is no violence,” Christina said. “Everyone is kind to each other and everyone is happy. The world would be a better place if we all had peace. It would be a happier place and it would make this world stress free. Unfortunately, we do not have peace, but we could change that. It could all start with one person. We can make a difference and make this world a better place to live. Peace is a beautiful thing that everyone should have in this world."