Balto. Co. students to promote message of peace

Elementary school plans events to mark third annual Violence Prevention Week

April 22, 2005|By Baltimoresun.com Staff

The Baltimore Highlands Elementary School today announced its plans to raise awareness about violence, educating children and the community as part of the third annual Violence Prevention Week.

During the four-day event, focused on the theme "Building Safer Communities Peace by Peace," third-, fourth- and fifth-grade students at the Baltimore County school will learn how to promote respect and tolerance, resolve conflicts peacefully, manage their anger and unify others through action, officials said.

The events begin Monday with a 9 a.m. assembly on the importance of nonviolence, featuring performances by students and a speech by Capt. Thomas Busch of the Baltimore County Police Department. The assembly will encourage students to take a step toward building a safe community, as students, faculty and staff pledge to be violence-free.

The final event of the week will be a march and rally starting at noon on Thursday. According to officials, students plan to march around the school carrying signs and banners to announce their stand against violence to the community.

The march will end on school grounds with food, games, prizes and surprise guests that include the radio hosts of 92Q Jams, Glenda Myrick of the county Department of Safe and Drug Free Schools and former Baltimore Ravens football player Chuck Evans.

April 22, 2005, 3:29 PM EDT

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