August 6, 2015
The City of Bridgeport offers a state of the art after school educational and recreational program in partnership with our community based organizations and the Bridgeport public schools. Over 3,000 children are seen daily with enrichment activities that support school day learning. The program is also offered during the summer at neighborhood schools.
This specific Lighthouse program is at Black Rock School around the corner from us where Robb and I do our peace work all year round beginning with International Day of Peace activities at the start of school that culminate on September 21st. This year we are doing a joint celebration and re-dedication of the Peace Poles at Black Rock School and St. Ann Academy, which is right next door.
Not all the children will be attending Black Rock School in the fall so we took this opportunity to plant seeds for Peace Pals International program and The Peace Pole Project—hoping that the children will take the seeds back to their home school.
So this was a Sadako Day celebration and a rehearsal for Peace Day in that we made paper peace cranes, learned how to “sign” May Peace Prevail on Earth and we recognized each of the countries represented in our students with prayers for peace for Mexico, Italy, Puerto Rico, Peru, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Haiti, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Germany, Hungary, Brazil, and Ecuador outdoors around our Peace Pole.
Submitted by: Gail Ostrow