Lankenau Says 'Give Peace a Chance'
Magnet environmental science high school celebrates international peace day.
In honor of International Day of Peace, students from the magnet school purchased wrist bands and created a human peace sign to signify tranquility in our world.
Abria Washington, a senior from Mt. Airy, thought up the idea of the gigantic peace sign.
"We wanted to do something special. First, we thought of the wrist bands. Then, we wanted to do something more, and the human peace sign came up," she said.
A part of the Jefferson Awards, Lankenau participates in events like the Day of Peace throughout the year. For this event, the school sold the wrist bands as a fundraiser, with students who bought the bands able to line up for the ceremony. Coming up, the school looks to commemorate Halloween and Veterans Day.
On Friday teacher Herb Soll helped Washington organize the kids into the peace sign in the dewy grass of Lankenau's campus.
"On the ground, it was tough to get people to move... I really enjoyed it when I could see the peace sign from the hill," Washington said.
In addition to school events, Soll said students worked to be apart of larger citywide events, like the Lupus Walk in Philadelphia.
From a bird's eye view, the peace sign was a little difficult to make out. Principal Karen Dean said the idea went beyond the end result.
"It's the thought that counts. These kids are trying to represent something bigger," she said.