BELMAR, NJ — Chanting “Love not hate,” “We are equal” and “Black lives matter," a small group of Belmar kindergartners and their families held a march in Pyanoe Plaza on June 4 in support of equality and civil rights.

The “Children’s March for Justice,” held in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, was not publicized “as we wanted to keep this small and safe for all involved,” said Marie Rondinaro of Belmar, one of the participating parents.

“We did have some amazing community members come to support the kids, including Belmar Elementary Superintendent David Hallman,” she said. “Our kids know about racism, understand it’s wrong and are watching what is happening in our world right now.  We were all so proud of our kids and honored to have the opportunity to stand up with them against racism, hate and violence.”

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Below is a video, courtesy of John Walsh, of the march, which was led by parent Katie Donovan:


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