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Atkinson Students Receive Visit from Cycling Peace Advocate

Atkinson Students Receive Visit from Cycling Peace Advocate photo
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The physical education classes at Atkinson received a special visit from Nitin Sonawane, of India, who has been cycling on a journey around the world in an effort to promote world peace. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham welcomed Sonawane, praising his commitment to the advocacy of peace and the power of his message.

Accompanied by members of the Shanti Fund, which has sponsored him while he is in New York, Sonawane spoke to students about Mahatma Gandhi’s messages of peace and nonviolence, and the role the kindness of others plays in continuing to inspire him on his journey.

Sonawane has been on his journey for more than one year, having traveled more than 16,000 kilometers on bicycle and foot in countries including Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan. He aims to complete his journey on Oct. 2, 2019, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth.

Atkinson Students Learn More About Antibullying

Atkinson Students Learn More About Antibullying photo
As part of its ongoing character education and its commitment to teaching students about the importance of compassion, Atkinson hosted “The Power of One,” an interactive antibullying program for fifth-grade students presented by Soren Bennick Productions.

The performance featured two actors, one wearing a green mask and the other wearing a purple mask to identify the bully and the person being bullied, in several different real-life scenarios. Students learned what bullying looks like, the actions they can take to prevent it and how to help those who may be experiencing it.