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performances by students and the traditional formation of a peace sign on the field before the actual march through the community. The hundreds of attendees representing all ages and backgrounds were encouraged to wear yellow, the color representing hope – in particular, hope for peace.
“It’s my honor to join you to spread the message of peace and the awareness of peace,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “We need to spread this message beyond our community to our county, our country and around the world.”
Among the guest speakers were Board of Education President Debra Mulé, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert T. Kennedy, Hempstead Town Councilwoman Angie M. Cullin, Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg, Michael Venditto and Laura Curran, New York State Assemblyman Brian Curran and Pastor Douglas R. Arcoleo. “Let us take the opportunity to reflect on peace in our homes, our schools, our village, our state, our nation and the world,” said Mulé. Board of Education Vice President Vilma Lancaster and trustees Ron Ellerbe, Michael Pomerico and Anthony Miller were acknowledged along with the many local dignitaries in attendance.
The event was coordinated through Freeport Cares, a collaboration of Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport and community-based organizations. The mission of Freeport Cares is to coordinate programs and activities that support the needs of young people and families.
The peace march began at the high school entrance before heading east on Pine Street to Bayview Avenue. The procession then headed south to Merrick Road, west to Brookside Avenue and back to the high school. Upon returning to the school, all were invited to attend the wellness fair, where healthy snacks were provided and numerous activity centers dedicated to raising awareness about living a healthy lifestyle, improving mental well-being...