More than 1,000 members of the Freeport school district and community joined together to promote peace and wellness across the community and throughout the world during the sixth annual Peace March and Health and Wellness Fair.
“Peace is beautiful, peace is divinity, and peace is harmony,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Kishore Kuncham. “Let’s all feel it, and spread it in Freeport, and the rest of the world.”
Dignitaries in attendance included Freeport Public School District Board of Education President Michael Pomerico, Vice President Anthony Miller and trustees Ronald Ellerbe, Vilma Lancaster and Debra Mulé, who is also a Trustee of the Village of Freeport, Sen. Michael Venditto, Assemblyman Brian Curran, Nassau County Legislator Steven Rhoades, Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Hempstead Town Clerk Nasrin Ahmad, Village of Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez, Village of Freeport Trustees Carmen Piñeyro and Debra Mulé, Judge Helen Voutsinas, Father Douglas Arcoleo of Our Holy Redeemer Church, Pastor Eddie Jusino of First Presbyterian Church, Freeport Educational Foundation Director Robert Suarez, and Freeport Memorial Library Director Ken Bellafiore.
The march began at the high school, with students, staff members, families and community residents, all wearing yellow as the universal color of peace, gathering on the field to form a human peace sign. Marchers then walked through the Village of Freeport as a symbol of unity and pride. Musical performances, including spirited selections by the Freeport High School’s jazz ensemble, were also presented to attendees.
Inside the high school, students, parents and community residents had an opportunity to participate in several health and wellness related activities, such as jump-roping, dancing, yoga, and spin-cycling in the brand new spin cycle room. Local healthcare providers were also in attendance to perform basic health screenings including blood pressure monitoring.