PUHSD Schools Paused to Join Together for a Moment of Peace and Unity

Posted by Communications on 8/30/2017

All around the Phoenix Union High School District, schools paused to join together for a Moment of Peace and Unity, September 1.  It was the first such activity for Phoenix Union, organized through staff and student leadership in response to the current unrest and divisiveness in our state and country.  Some filled football fields, while others formed human chains in the hallways, while music, speeches, poetry, recorded audio clips and signs colored the day. 

At Bioscience, students signed a banner that says “We stand together,” and they hung it in their Town Hall multipurpose room.  At Bostrom, students were given a yellow ribbon and wrote a positive note on it.  The ribbons were attached to the fence, forming the word, “Peace.”  Central ended their first spirit assembly early and formed a human chain around the perimeter of the school, filling up two stories with students.  At Chavez, students wrapped around the track to hear inspirational messages.  At Trevor Browne, 3000 students used most of the fence line of the school to show their support.  Metro Tech took to the baseball field, while the 200 students and staff at Coding Academy showed their support with a building-long banner saying “Coders Unite.”  South Mountain created three heart-shaped groups of students and staff on the football field.  Seniors were on the 50 yard line, sophomores were on one side, juniors on the other, while freshmen, holding hands, wrapped around the three hearts.  Alhambra lined the hallways indoors, to beat the heat, but Maryvale’s 2900 students, took to the football field, taking a lane on the running track for each class.  Students read poems and gave inspirational speeches, while student government closed with letter placards spelling out “Maryvale Unites.”  Every school participated in its own way, and many teachers followed up with discussions prompted by guiding questions.  Despite the 100-degree temperatures, a Moment of Peace and Unity was a peaceful, unifying success.