Long Beach Middle School Promotes Peace


Long Beach Middle School students took the time to celebrate peace on Sept. 23, just five days after International Day of Peace was observed all around the world. Members of the Multicultural Club and eighth-grade art classes gathered around the peace pole that was installed outside the building last year and shared messages of kindness, hope and acceptance. 

The handcrafted peace pole displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its sides in different languages. Students Hailey Barshak, Valentina Gonzales, Nikkita Kissoon, Ella McManus, and Kali Shaw read the statement in its many forms and shared information about the project. 

Art teacher Laura Swan also discussed the significance of the monument, and noted that there are tens of thousands of peace poles in 180 countries all over the world that serve as constant reminders to visualize world peace. 

Ken Bailing sang the Beatles’ famous song, “All You Need Is Love,” with guitar accompaniment from Kali Shaw. Students then placed paper doves, made by Spanish teacher Betsabe Montoya, into the ground to adorn the garden with symbols of unity.