Local Residents Form Human Peace Sign

Photo courtesy Brandywine Living

BRICK – Residents from six senior communities convened at the YingHua International School in Kingston, NJ to celebrate International Peace Day by creating a giant, human peace sign.

The senior residents from the Brandywine Living communities, joined forces with the YingHua school, a non-profit, independent, Chinese-English dual language immersion school for the event.

“Our residents love connecting with the younger generation,” said Stephanie Gaber, Escapades Producer at Brandywine Living at Princeton. “Participating in events like International Peace Day enable our residents to build relationships with youth and teach them lessons of acceptance and growth. Watching both generations interact is a truly rewarding and mutually beneficial experience.”

Residents from the Brandywine Living communities and students at the YingHua school formed a human peace sign for International Peace Day. (Photo courtesy Brandywine Living)

International Peace Day, also known as World Peace Day, is celebrated on September 21 “as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples,” according to the United Nations.

Participants in the event formed a human peace sign, captured with aerial photos. The Franklin Park Fire Department provided a ladder truck to get aerial shots of the formation.

“At YingHua, we educate our students through an inquiry-based model of experiential learning. It is important for our students to participate in intergenerational programs and be introduced to positive role models with members of the community,” said Felicia Pan-Fea, Director of Marketing at YingHua International School. “Participating in this event provides a direct curriculum tie and the opportunity to learn the lessons of peace and tolerance while experiencing the lessons brought to life from history with the residents of Brandywine.”

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