Rotary Club Kicks Off Peace Initiative With Poster Contest

The Rotary Club of Wellington presents its Peace Initiative each year to support world peace and multicultural understanding.

The initiative kicked off in March and culminates in September on United Nations World Peace Day. On Sept. 21, the club will sponsor a peace ceremony to celebrate the peace initiative.

During the course of the initiative, many events and contests honoring world peace are conducted in Wellington-area public schools. Recognition and awards for these contests are given at the peace ceremony.

Recently, the World Peace Poster Contest was concluded. Every fourth-grade class was invited to participate in the contest, encouraged to submit a poster that fosters the beliefs of world peace and multicultural understanding. This year, 325 posters were submitted. The club narrowed down the submissions, and the following students were declared winners and will receive their awards on Sunday, Sept. 21.

The overall winner of the poster contest is Jordan Fox of Equestrian Trails Elementary School. Jordan will receive a plaque and $75. Teacher Mrs. Susan Manzello will receive $50 for classroom use. Other winners are as follows: Christina Hermida of New Horizons Elementary School and her teacher, Mrs. Jude Valdov; Iddi Alidu of Elbridge Gale Elementary School and her teacher, Dr. Nicole Crane; Jordyn Velez of Binks Forest Elementary School and her teacher, Mrs. Gouveras; and Faith Cardello of Panther Run Elementary School and her teacher, Mrs. Bergens. Individual school winners will receive plaques and $50, and teachers will also win $50 for classroom use.

The club thanks all students and teachers for participating in the contest and congratulates all of the winners. For more about the club, or to become a member, call Bob Salerno at (561) 512-8247.