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HAVERHILL’S WALK FOR PEACE 2016

Most people think the bright colors of fall are all about the leaves. The Heartbeat of Haverhill knows better. THOH joined in the celebration of Haverhill’s Community March for Peace. The event was coordinated by the student driven Violence Intervention and Prevention (VIP)  team from Haverhill Public Schools,  Mt Washington Alliance, Urban Kindness  and a host of other groups and faith based organizations.

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Perfect weather, joyful hearts and strong commitments combined to make Haverhill’s Community Walk for Peace through the Mount Washington Neighborhood a brightly colored success. Over 250 people walked from Haverhill’s Consentino Middle School to Tilton Elementary. The addition of powdered paints attaching to shirts and shoes and hair and skin made participants brighter than any leaf could hope to be.

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Photo courtesy of Andy Vargas

The message was clear….

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Participants want peace, freedom from bullying, positive relationships with neighbors, and they are are willing to work, walk, and color for that cause.

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At the end of the walk was a well earned celebration…more colors on pumpkins and coloring pages and face painting. Tables offered information on voting and other resources. There was more movement –  dancing to DJ  Jeff Masters and Nick and zumba. Hula hoops and playground activities, games and raffles fueled by apples and popcorn and beverages. And a chance to hang out with neighbors from across the city.

As the celebration edged toward its conclusion, exceptionally poised and articulate students ranging from first grade to middle school made impassioned speeches about what peace means to them. THOH was so impressed by the messages of hope and appreciation.

Out of sheer curiosity, The Heartbeat of Haverhill chased down a few people carrying butternut squash and learned a new slogan…. “Squash the Beef”… this reminds students and adults alike to stop a problem before it escalates. Or as my mother always said and some of the older participants may have learned about unacceptable behavior- “Nip it in the bud”.

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Haverhill’s Community Peace Walk was a day of steps toward increasing positivity, hope, determination and peace. Nicely done, everybody!

(c)Alison Colby-Campbell.

5 comments on “HAVERHILL’S WALK FOR PEACE 2016

  1. zoomblaster
    October 15, 2016

    As always thanks for the great positive coverage, Alison; and making it about the kids! All the best, Keith

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    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      October 15, 2016

      You know the variety of age ranges for the students was so awesome…little preschoolers and high school kids all combining efforts for a better world. I love all the young activists!

  2. Carol Ireland
    October 16, 2016

    Alison, as coord. of the Haverhill VIP Team, I want to thank you for your outstanding coverage, beautiful photos and insightful comments. It was by far, the best coverage we’ve had in the 10+ years of running the Walk for Peace. I’m sorry I did not get a chance to meet you but I look forward to that in the near future. It is our belief that as caring adults, we must continue to provide opportunities for our youth to engage in their community and demonstrate their amazing leadership potential to better their own lives and their community. Yesterday was a beautiful example of just that! Thank you again!
    Carol Ireland

    • Brain4Rent/THoH
      October 16, 2016

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. I hope to next year take part in the walk and not just the ending celebration. I encourage people to submit their stories and events to me knowing full well I can’t do everything, but your group demonstrating for such an admirable cause on both a local and worldwide scale touched my heart…developing young activists is a tremendous legacy for VIP.

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Alison Colby-Campbell

Brain4Rent/THoH

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Full-brain user demonstrating a healthy(?) obsession with marketing, promotion, writing, photography, house rabbits, the natural world, tennis, big and small problem solving, reading, hiking, HGTV and the flotsam & jetsum of everyday life. My two blogs Brain4Rent and The Heartbeat of Haverhill are both Wordpress based

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