Louis D. Brown believed that all young people have the potential to be peacemakers regardless of what side of the streets they're from. Twenty-two years after Louis' murder, that statement still rings true.
Dorchester is home to so many bright, brilliant youth who are leading the peacemaking process. Last week, students from Codman Academy came to the Peace Institute to help us prepare for the walk. We're so grateful for their service! Codman Academy also has a walk team and have nearly reached their fundraising goal of $1,000. Thank you Codman!
Supporting the Mother's Day Walk for Peace is a McCormack Middle School tradition. We're so proud to be in community with these caring and committed students and their teachers. This year, 265 students each gave $1 in honor of One Boston Day to the Peace Institute. We look forward to seeing the Panthers 4 Peace team this Sunday!
Students in many Boston neighborhoods are getting their communities into the spirit of the Mother's Day Walk for Peace. Fourteen-year-old Simon Grossman is team captain of the Park School's walk team. To motivate his friends and family to give, Simon offered a matching donation from his babysitting money. In his fundraising letter, Simon wrote:
"The Peace Institute has been doing incredible work for the past 22 years, but they need to grow to take their incredible model of changing the public's response to homicide to the larger society. But they won't be able to do that on their own. In order for the Peace Institute to spread their message of turning grief and loss into power and action, they need the support of everyone that they can get."
You couldn't be more right, Simon - all of us have a role to play in peacemaking! We feel so blessed for the support we've received from all over Boston and beyond. We hope you can help us reach our goal of raising $600,000 by donating to one of these incredible school teams or giving here.
While we're highlighting some of our fabulous school partners, I wanted to remind you that we have a peace education curriculum available for free download. We encourage all teachers and students to try on our Pathways to Peace lesson plans!
Rain or shine - the Mother's Day Walk for Peace is going to be beautiful because we'll all be together. Mothers, grandmothers, and our children from all over Boston will walk beside each other with a shared vision of a city where all our kids are valued.
And look out for the Lenny Zakim bridge lit up purple for peace in celebration of the courage of our community on May 6, 7, 8!