Monday, July 03, 2000

Evanston school plans to build path for peace

By Ray Schaefer
Enquirer Contributor

        Music in the background was John Lennon's “Give Peace a Chance” and 13 Parham School students want classmates to do the same.

        The students, a Cincinnati architect and a Newport company began mapping out their plans Friday at the Evanston school.

        They want to begin building the “Parham Peace Path” throughout campus by September.

        “We need peace,” said Whitney Daggett, a 14-year-old who just finished eighth grade. “Everybody isn't getting along.”

        Parham's project is part of the Millennium Monument Company World Peace Bell Education Program. Cynthia Goodman, the Newport company's creative director and director of education, developed it.

        Until Friday, she figured she would be working mostly with teachers.

        “In my wildest dreams I didn't think we'd begin the peace program by redesigning a school around the peace theme,” Ms. Goodman said.

        In April, the Parham students drew designs for the Fairfax Avenue school. On Friday, six of them met in the school library with architect Gary Meisner to whittle down the choices.

        A peace path looping around campus beat out an entry archway.

        “People like to walk and see what's around,” Fallon Irby, 14, said. “People like peace.”

        The biggest task — finding up to $40,000 to build the path and add the accessories — lies ahead. Mr. Meisner said about $5,000 has been raised.

        “We hope some hearts will be touched and that people will donate to our school, for our students,” Parham Principal Sharon Johnson said.


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