Event once again promotes peace

Rachael Keating photos/Clinton HeraldIn this Herald file photo from 2017, Marion Johnson, a member of Monarch Mavens, helps Zariah Nelson, of Clinton, release a butterfly during the Stop the Hate/Show the Love Walk for Peace at Jefferson Elementary School.

CLINTON — The Clinton Peace Coalition will once again host the Stop the Hate/Show the Love event in Clinton.

The annual event will be held Thursday, beginning at 4:45 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School. Now in its 20th year, the Stop the Hate/Show the Love event is a way for the community to come together and make a statement of hope and witness to peace.

This free event will begin with a time of gathering at Clinton’s Jefferson Elementary School, where participants will have the opportunity to make a peace craft as well as posters to carry on the walk. At 5:15 p.m., a welcome will be given by Gary DeLacy, superintendent of the Clinton Community School District, followed by opening remarks by Karen Vickers, president of Clinton Community College. Emcee Alma Mariano will then introduce choral performances by the Jefferson Elementary Choir, Clinton High School Choir, the Clintones and the Clinton Community Children’s Choir.

Following the choral performances, participants will join together on a walk for peace along the Jefferson Elementary walking trail. Banners with signatures of students pledging their commitment to peace will be carried by representatives from Clinton schools. Every student who signs the banner will receive a “Stop the Hate - Walk With Me For Peace” wristband. Members of the public will have the opportunity to receive a wristband at the walk with a freewill donation to the Clinton Peace Coalition.

The walk will culminate at the Jefferson Elementary Peace Pole where Karl Wolf will share closing remarks. The event will conclude with the monarch butterfly release facilitated by Marion Johnson.

The mission of the Clinton Peace Coalition is to promote a holistic approach to a peaceful lifestyle through the education, collaboration and cooperation of individuals, families and the organizations and agencies of the community. The Clinton Peace Coalition is comprised of representatives from Clinton Community College, YWCA Clinton, Sisters of St. Francis, New Directions, Clinton Parks and Recreation and the Clinton Community School District Diversity Committee, along with individuals from communities for whom the promotion of peace is a passion.

For more information, contact Nancy Houzenga at 242-2110, ext.106.