The Charter Oak International Academy held its fifth annual International Day of Peace celebration Monday morning.
The celebration included a Kids for Peace poem, a song for peace and a Peace Pledge.
But the most powerful message was delivered by Charter Oak alum and current Hall High student Mikayla Gordon-Wexler, who spoke of her work traveling to Ecuador to help those less fortunate. She spoke of witnessing extreme poverty, but also equally extreme gratitude.
"I took home with me an even stronger desire to spread peace and love in my own community and around the world," Gordon-Wexler said.
Gordon-Wexler said she will be traveling to Haiti in November for similar humanitarian purposes.
Powerful, too, was the example she set for current Charter Oak students.
The ceremony concluded with the kids planting the traditional pinwheels for peace along the Charter Oak walkway.
The kids then gathered on the field for a school-wide photograph for Connie Cyr, the school clerk who retired at the end of the summer after 27 years of service.