St. Francis of Assisi students go on peace walk

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On Election Day, Nov. 6, St. Francis of Assisi School students went on a “Peace Walk” from the school to the nearby Douglass Loop area, where they held signs related to the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh late last month. Their handmade signs read, “Love is Stronger than hate” and “Love the Stranger.” Other signs bore symbols and the names of shooting victims. The school’s students study the Holocaust extensively, typically form relationships with survivors and have advocated for statewide Holocaust education. Teacher Fred Whittaker said the walk “was one of those perfect teaching moments. The impact on the community was beyond description. People were weeping, really. The students truly had their eyes open to the great power of hope.”

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