To the editor:
Newburyport’s Commission for Diversity and Tolerance held the 18th annual Peace Prize Award Ceremony on May 14. Fourteen students, who were chosen by their respective schools, as well as two adults nominated from the community, were recognized for their values and deeds that exemplify the mission of the Commission, which is to promote a sense of welcome, inclusion and worth for all, and to work to eliminate prejudice, intolerance, discrimination and acts of hate in our community. Each student received a gift certificate and a certificate of recognition. A donation is made to each adult winner’s charity of choice by the Commission.
Heartfelt thanks are in order for support of the Peace Prize Awards: Friends For Peace, Inc., the organization that funds activities of the Commission for Diversity and Tolerance, including the charity donations for the adult peace prize winners; three local banks, The Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Institution for Savings and The Provident Bank for funding the purchase of gift certificates that were presented to the student recipients; Denise’s Flower Shop for donating flowers; Rupert A. Nock Middle School Jazz Band, under the direction of Thom Stolar for wonderful entertainment; and the hard work of the City Hall custodians.
Commission for Diversity and Tolerance