Pinches of salt dropped into a pitcher of water symbolized sorrow and tears, cleansing and healing as children at St. Ann Catholic School led an outdoor assembly to mark the International Day of Peace at noon Tuesday.
The group of 19 â€” all in grades six to eight â€” spent about 15 minutes under the direction of teacher Cate Green, singing songs and reciting prayers as they called for peace around the world.
They conveyed a message of â€œtolerance, respect, integrityâ€ and â€œcompassion and patienceâ€ in front of the rest of the schoolâ€™s children gathered on the steps leading to the playing field.
The International Day of Peace, also known as World Peace Day, was first observed in 1981. It was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly and is marked annually on Sept. 21.