WESTFIELD -- World Peace Day is observed each year around the world on Sept.21. The UN General Assembly established the International Day of Peace in 1981, and two decades later, in 2001, unanimously voted to designate the day as a period of non-violence and cease-fire.

Students at Holy Trinity School in Westfield celebrated in several meaningful ways. Third grade students made artwork pieces of doves to celebrate World Peace Day. It's especially meaningful in 2020, which for many reasons has been a turbulent and not always peaceful year.

-- Eighth grade students created a "Peace Pole" with messages of peace to remind others to be kind.
-- Mrs. Jeaneen McGuire, music teacher for the elementary grades, sang songs of peace with students who created ribbons with positive messages and hung them on the community garden fence. 
-- To complete the celebrations of the day, all students in the building and students at home remotely joined together singing Let There Be Peace on Earth.

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"This year, World Peace Day focuses on peace education, which is in line with the values we teach every day at Holy Trinity," said Dr. Adele Ellis, principal of Holy Trinity School in Westfield. "The UN's 2020 theme for the International Day of Peace was 'Shaping Peace Together,' and the children celebrated throughout the day."

Parents were also impressed by the events of the day.

"2020 has not been an easy year, so it warms my heart to know my children attend a school where they can gather as a community and pray for peace in our world," shared Mrs. Becky Klock, parent of a second and sixth grade student. 

The United Nations invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate through education and public awareness on issues related to peace. 

Since 1916, Holy Trinity School (336 1st St, Westfield) has provided a quality Catholic education to Westfield and the surrounding communities. A 2011 National Blue Ribbon and a Middle States accredited school, its mission is to educate our students to actualize their full, individual potential both spiritually and academically, while adhering to the tenets of the Roman Catholic Church. This will enable them to become responsible members of their families, high schools, churches, and communities in an ever-changing world.