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Moreau students developed a series of peace clinics.
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Students learn about peace

The Peace and Conflict studies class at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward hosted a number of executive directors and specialists in the field of peace and justice to provide workshops for the Mariner community.

Through the use of sports, dance, yoga, poetry, theater and art the clinics on Nov. 16 showed the students that they can promote peace and make a significant impact in the lives of veterans, at-risk youth, incarcerated individuals and young people seeking peace around the world.

This event unfolded as an unanticipated by-product of student outreach over the course of the "Passion for Peace" service projects in the Peace & Conflict studies class. Following the Expected Schoolwide Learning Results model of Information, Formation and Transformation, students grouped themselves according to their interests and passions; researched organizations in that field; conducted Skype interviews; and, in some cases, received offers for a visit to Moreau. Out of these conversations between students and peace workers, the idea of a series of "peace clinics" arose.

Moreau Catholic students, faculty and staff were inspired as they participated in interactive sessions such as:

• Peace through Sports: A basketball clinic with Doug Harris, executive director of Athletes United for Peace and former Warriors player.

• Peace through Theater: A theater workshop with a Vietnam Veteran and Executive Director of Walking Point, a veteran's healing project.

• Peace through Yoga: Students learned about the Niroga Institute's work in schools, juvenile halls, homeless shelters, cancer hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

• Peace through Poetry and Spoken Word: Students wrote poetry with Youth Speaks School Outreach Coordinator and learned how spoken word fosters youth development and civic engagement.

• Peace Through Fine Art: Executive Director of the Create Peace Project guided students in the creation of peace cards that will be delivered to Ghana, Africa.

• Peace Through Street Art: Aaron Loverro taught the students about political street art and gave them an opportunity to create a graffiti peace mural of their own.

• Peace Through Dance: Sylvie Minot shared with Mariners how she teaches dance to veterans, incarcerated women, at-risk youth, and individuals with substance abuse and eating disorders.

In the spirit of giving, students in the Engineering For Peace session built a bicycle blender and donated it to the Project EAT Garden and Nutrition Program at Cesar Chavez Middle School to be used with their own organic garden project.

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