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BCPS Celebrates Choose Peace Week/Stop Violence Week

Monday, September 15, 2014
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is honoring Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week, which takes place September 15-19, 2014.  The weeklong celebration aims to spread messages of peace, create environments that are free from bullying and violence, and promote tolerance and positive change. 
Among the many activities taking place across the District:
  • Chalk4Peace, which allows students to express messages of inspiration and visions for peace using colorful sidewalk chalk art (approximately 90 schools taking part).
  • Imagine Peace Wish Tree, which is decorated with messages of peace from students and school staff members.  The Imagine Peace Wish Tree will be on display at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center, located at 600 SE Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. 
  • Pinwheels for Peace, which allows students to create colorful Choose Peace pinwheels for display on school campuses.    
  • Take a Break for Peace event will be held at the Lauderdale Manors Early Learning and Resource Center, 1400 NW 14th Court in Fort Lauderdale, on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 11 a.m.  This event includes the Imagine Peace Wish Tree, student performances and the dedication of a Peace Pole.
Media are invited to cover these events.
In addition, three students are being honored for their winning designs in last school year’s Choose Peace poster contest.   Their posters are now on display at schools and departments across the District.  The winning posters were submitted by:
  • Pasadena Lakes Elementary School – artwork by Mia Fitchett
  • Glades Middle School – artwork by Angelica Martinez 
  • J.P. Taravella High School – artwork by Mikayla Espeut
For more information on specific events taking place at schools in honor of Choose Peace/Stop Violence Week, contact Cynthia Tapia-Rodrigues, Diversity, Prevention & Intervention, at 754-321-1655.

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