Peace and prosperity are at the forefront of Hinkley High School students’ minds as they join pacifists across the globe to celebrate the Gandhi King Season for Nonviolence. The annual observation spans from Jan. 30, the anniversary of Mohandas K. Gandhi’s assassination, to April 4, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination.
Inspirational speaker Charles Gilford III, who embodies the peaceful spirit of the aforementioned legendary leaders, visited the T-Birds to share his passion for diplomatic solutions.
In all of his contagious energy, Gilford shared philosophies on how to attain peace—regardless of circumstance—through nonviolent actions. At the conclusion of his keynote speech, Gilford reminded students to always choose love over hate.
“Do what’s most loving toward your neighbor,” he said. “What we’re battling isn’t people, it’s ideas.”
After Gilford got students’ wheels turning and hearts open, students broke into groups to join teachers and Aurora Police Department officers in honest conversations about maintaining peace in their school and community.
This partnership exemplifies the APS 2020: Shaping the Future core belief that students, families, staff and community members share the responsibility for student achievement. APS is proud of the work taking place at Hinkley High School and believe that a mindset of peace will aid students as they shape successful futures.