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Media Adivsory, Perspectives Students Celebrate International Day of Peace

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Perspectives Students Celebrate International Day of Peace
#iamforpeace #PeaceDayChallenge
Perspectives Charter Schools collaborates with the U.S. Institute of Peace by participating in citywide activities to affirm that peace matters


WHAT: Students at Perspectives Charter Schools are extending the I Am For Peace Movement by participating in various peace activities throughout the city of Chicago in observance of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2015. Perspectives Charter Schools is collaborating with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) to develop future global peace builders. This year’s celebration marks the USIP’s 30th Anniversary, and the creation of the Peace Day Challenge, which is engaging organizations, schools, individuals and communities across the U.S. and globally.

Students from each of Perspectives schools will participate in Peace Summits, where staff and student Peace Ambassadors will develop student peace demonstrations to share their views on how to create a more peaceful world with students, staff, family members, and community leaders.

“We are excited play an important role in Chicago’s celebration of International Day of Peace,” said president and founder Diana Shulla-Cose. “On this meaningful day, Perspectives students and staff will show how the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life empower them to be advocates for peace at school, across the city and throughout the globe!”

This past summer during Peace and Leadership Camp, Perspectives students created 30-60 second “I Am For Peace” videos in response to the #PeaceDayChallenge inspired by the U.S. Institute of Peace. In the short videos students explain how they are a force for peace in their communities. View the videos at a peace installation, via social media, and during events throughout the fall.

Students from Perspectives Charter Schools will develop and present interactive peace installations at four locations throughout the city, including CTA stations, local landmarks like Millennium Park, and more. The installations will encourage citizens to reflect on ways they can contribute to a more peaceful world. At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

WHO: Hundreds of middle- and high-school students from Perspectives Charter Schools’ five campuses.

WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015. There will be opportunities to interview participants before and during events.

WHERE (Peace Installations Only):

9:00-10:30 a.m., students from Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus will be at the Roosevelt El Platform (Green / Orange Line) on Roosevelt Street between State and Wabash

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy will be at the Sox-35th El Platform (Red Line) on 35th and the Dan Ryan

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., students from Perspectives Middle Academy and Perspectives Leadership Academy will be at Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park near the corners of Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue

9:00-10:30 a.m., students from Perspectives High School of Technology will be at the 79th Platform (Red Line) on 79th and the Dan Ryan

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

Media contact: David Terry at dterry@pcsedu.org | 312-604-2142 or Shayla Butler at sbutler@pcsedu.org | 708-516-7828

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I Am For Peace (2014) - Trailer from Perspectives Charter Schools on Vimeo.