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Rice Honors Local Middle School Winners of Anti-Violence Poster Contest

Students from five middle schools participated as part of DA’s Peacemakers Program

MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice recently joined students from five Nassau County middle schools to honor the winners of an anti-violence poster contest. As part of the DA’s Peacemaker Program, the poster contest serves as a way to reinforce positive conflict resolution, self-confidence, and awareness of the consequences of destructive decision-making.

This year, winners from middle schools in Uniondale, Westbury, Hempstead, Roosevelt, and Freeport were given Nintendo Wii’s, digital cameras, and DVD players. The ceremony took place March 4 at ABGS Middle School in Hempstead.

DA Rice was joined at the event by Benton J. Campbell, U.S. Attorney Eastern District-New York and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Jackie Hilly, as well as numerous local school officials.

“The Peacemakers program gives our young people the necessary tools to become leaders, not only in their schools, but in their communities,” Rice said. “By teaching non-violent conflict resolution and reinforcing a message of peace, we are giving them the tools to lead peaceful and successful lives.”

The Peacemakers program, developed by Jeremy Shapiro, PhD, teaches upper elementary- and middle school-aged students positive values and attitudes related to violence. Youth are trained in anger management, problem solving, communication, assertiveness and conflict resolution. Instead of being delivered like a lesson, the Peacemakers principles are taught through school activities.

Benton Campbell, Freeport Middle School students Torre Wilson and Luis Cepeda, Denise Lloyd and DA Rice. Benton Campbell, ABGS Middle School principal Clarence Williams, student Tianai Smalls, DA Rice, student Lorena Palacious, teachers Orvia Williams and Anthony DeFendis, and Superintendent Patricia Watkins. Benton Campbell, Ashaley Fernandez, DA Rice, Kristy Lawrence, teacher Clifton Edwards, Janely Collado, and teacher William Randazzo.
Benton Campbell, DA Rice, and Uniondale Middle School students Gecsy Sanchez and Shawn Lisa Torres, and Maria Juares. DA Rice Benton Campbell, Westbury Middle School students Nickrood Jourdian, Lyn Mezier, Anaphterly Bozor, Sabrina Desrosiers, and DA Rice.