Parading for peace at Cornerspring Montessori
Belfast — Through song, meditation, the release of a live dove and a colorful parade, students at the Cornerspring Montessori School in Belfast observed the United Nations International Day of Peace Monday, Sept. 24.
The celebration was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, but the event was postponed to Monday due to inclement weather. The official International Day of Peace was Friday, Sept. 21.
Students began the festivities by gathering in a circle outside the school and singing "Light a Candle for Peace." Following the sing-along, youth yoga instructor Lily Goodale led the group in meditation and encouraged the children to begin each day with intentions of bringing peace into their own lives and into their community.
"Peace starts with each and every one of us. Peace starts when your eyes open in the morning," said Goodale.
After a moment of silence, Marc Archambault from White Doves of Maine in Washington introduced one of his birds to each of the children. Then as part of the kick off to the peace parade, Cornerspring students Nina Miller and Sam Field released the dove from a heart-shaped white basket that was located at the center of the gathering.
For the parade, students painted their faces with peace signs, rainbows and hearts, and some of the children carried instruments like drums and tambourines. Cornerspring student Lake Lindelof opted to bring a ukulele for the event.
The children carried brightly painted banners promoting peace, and an enormous white dove — which students at the school made four years ago — led the procession.
The students danced and sang their way through the athenahealth parking lot and past the Bank of America daycare center, where all joined together in singing "Light a Candle for Peace" once more before returning to the school.
This is the fifth year students at Cornerspring have participated in the peace parade