Sept. 16,


Indianapolis Public Schools will join the rest of the world
in commemorating International
Day of Peace
on Sept. 21.

Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution
36/37, the U.N. General Assembly declared that this day each year would be devoted
to “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among
all nations and peoples.”

Because IPS students are not in school on Sept. 21 because
of Parents in Touch Day, many of our students and schools will observe “Peace
Day” — as it’s affectionately called — on Friday, Sept. 23.

While schools choose how they want to celebrate, all of our Center
for Inquiry Schools will participate in peace walks, along with other activities,
throughout the day.

  • At CFI 2, singing and
    poetry readings will mark the beginning of their celebrations. Students will
    then walk down the Indianapolis Cultural Trail to the Glick Peace Walk — which
    features 12 sculptural gardens celebrating the lives of individuals who made
    peaceful contributions to humanity. Students will wear peace shirts and carry signs
    adorned with symbols of peace.
  •  At CFI 27, festivities will begin at 2 p.m. with
    an all-school convocation. Afterward, students and staff will walk to the “Landmark
    for Peace” monument at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park.
  •  At the new CFI School 70, peace activities
    will begin in the morning with a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new site. Students
    will then walk along the Monon Trail in a peaceful demonstration.
  •  At CFI 84, the choir will perform for the school
    community before marching to Dan Wakefield Park near 61st and


 “As we celebrate and recognize International Peace Day, we remind
ourselves and those we serve that peace starts in our own homes and our own
communities — from the small acts of teaching the youngest IPS students to be
peacemakers, empowering peer mediators to create peaceful learning environments
every day, and building restorative ways for parents, teachers and students to
learn together as a community,” said Kristina Hulvershorn, Youth Programs
Director at Peace Learning Center, an IPS partner organization. “Some of
the smallest members of our communities are leading the path towards a more
peaceful tomorrow!”

We hope that
you’ll find ways to promote peace wherever you are!