2009-06-26 / Community

PS/MS 105 Addresses 'Victory Over Violence'

Students singing together with the Rhyte Hitters. Students singing together with the Rhyte Hitters. On June 10, PS/MS 105 concluded the weeklong "Victory Over Violence" exhibit with a well-attended final event for students, parents and guests. Highlights of the program were the performances by the school band, the chorus, and a skit performed by 3rd grade students. Special guests, the local rap group The Rhyte Hitters, won the attention with their songs against violence. Their music encouraged the students to stay in school and for all to take responsibility by creating a community without guns and drugs.

Victory Over Violence (VOV) is a youth-sponsored initiative to help young people identify and counteract the root causes of violence in their lives and in their community.

The program seeks to explore violence in various forms and at various levels including acts of selfhatred, and violence in our homes, school and communities. The initiative includes an exhibit of twelve panels and activities to promote awareness, and to create the foundation for reflection and dialogue.

Students singing the chorus of the song: "and my dream is your dream too… directed by music teacher Lauren Harrison. Students singing the chorus of the song: "and my dream is your dream too… directed by music teacher Lauren Harrison. As part of this event, students discussed passive and physical violence and brainstormed ideas for change. They signed a Pledge for Peace, created artworks and wrote their thoughts, their concerns and their wishes for peace.

The organizer of the event, Art teacher Norma Allende, says: "I must tell you, we cannot take their age for granted. I was impressed by the seriousness and the depth with which our students addressed issues of violence. Children spoke and parents listened. It's my hope that after this event all of us will take some kind of action, big or small, that will make a difference in the lives of our children."

For information about the VOV exhibit please visit www.vov.com.

Third graders reading the Pledge for Peace as part of "The Bully" skit. Third graders reading the Pledge for Peace as part of "The Bully" skit. Members of the school band under the direction of music teacher Timothy Corcoran Members of the school band under the direction of music teacher Timothy Corcoran Students participate in the panel discussion, eager to offer solutions to create a peaceful world. Students participate in the panel discussion, eager to offer solutions to create a peaceful world.

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