CLINTON — The Clinton Peace Coalition invites individuals, families, organizations and people of all ages to attend this year’s Stop the Hate / Show the Love event Sept. 19.
The walk will begin at 4:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School. Now in its 21st year, the Stop the Hate / Show the Love event is a fun and meaningful 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, 720 Fourth Ave. South, where participants will have the opportunity to make a peace craft and play games.
At 5:15 p.m., a welcome will be given by Theresa Schultz, principal of Jefferson Elementary School, followed by opening remarks by Karen Vickers, president of Clinton Community College.
Emcee Karl Wolf will then introduce choral performances by the Jefferson Elementary Choir, Clinton High School A’Cappella 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 State Rep. Mary Wolfe will share closing remarks. The event will conclude with an annual favorite, 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 local community. The Clinton Peace Coalition is composed of representatives from Clinton Community College, YWCA Clinton, Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton Parks & Recreation and the Clinton Community School District Diversity Committee, along with individuals from local communities for whom the promotion of peace is a passion.
For further information, contact Mardell Mommsen Flippen, Clinton Community College, (563) 244-7006.