Pueblo School District 60’s First In-Person Community Peace Summit Since Pandemic

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PUEBLO — In an effort to end bullying, Pueblo schools came together Saturday to spread the message of kindness. The Southwest Motors Event Center was filled with music from children’s choirs and the commotion of teachers, parents and students from Pueblo School District 60 as part of their peace summit.

“We’re so excited to be here because we’ve been on hiatus for two years, so it’s a buzz,” East High School coach Clarisa Feliciano-Maldonado said.

Parents and students were encouraged to visit all booths and participate in activities. Credit: Rachel Saurer

Staff and students were finally able to enjoy an in-person post-pandemic summit.

“The kids were so excited,” said Shelly Alcon-Montoya, organizer and director of D60 student success and equity. “It’s one of their favorite activities all year round. They do such a great job. Every school really embraces this activity.

This particular event has lasted eight months and schools are starting their prep work early, deciding what to include in their booth.

Students could pick up candy and school supplies from some kiosks. Credit: Rachel Saurer

“They came up with their own theme for their table and an activity to promote kindness and peace in the community,” Alcon-Montoya said.

Each stall offered something different for each child, such as rock painting or planting flowers. District 60 said the goal of all of these activities is to raise awareness about stopping bullying and spreading kindness that can reach beyond the district and into the community.

“The City Council dedicated today – April 9 – Pueblo District 60 ‘Be Kind Day.’ And I wanted to share the proclamation with everyone,” said City Council District 3 Representative Sarah Martinez. Pueblo.

All activities at each booth were aimed at demonstrating and spreading the message of kindness. Credit: Rachel Saurer

April 9: a day when people can fight for unity.

“If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that we are all human first. We are all human beings and we need to uplift each other, and this is an opportunity to do that” , said Alcon-Montoya.

For more district events, click here. D60 is also offering a workshop on bullying your child which will take place on April 12 and 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the District 60 administration building.

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