Students, teachers, and parents from the Murray-LaSaine Elementary community joined together on a grassy playing field outside the school on September 21 with one common focus: peace.
In celebration of the International Day of Peace and in conjunction with Heal With HeARTS, participants created a vast human peace sign while music played and a drone buzzed overhead capturing video and photos. While in formation, students recited Ghandi's "Peace Offering" accompanied by Colleen Griffin who presented the message in sign language, and they sang "Light a Candle for Peace," led by Bill Carson. Sol Driven Train's Ward Buckheister and upper elementary students performed an original song that they had written for the event.
The project was funded in part by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Program through their joint administration of the Lowcountry Quarterly Arts Grant Program and the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC.
Heal With HeARTS is grateful to Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Earth Fare, and Trader Joe's for the flowers that students, teachers, and parents carried during the event; Alex and Vanessa Harris of the Pour House for their contributions; and Hannah Kalish and the Murray-LaSaine PTO for their support.