PeaceMaker Minnesota helped to honor the peacemaking work of four local education leaders of Minneapolis schools this Spring. Of the 16 nominees, three professionals and one high school student, representing four different Minneapolis schools, received the annual Minneapolis PeaceMaker Award as part of National Youth Violence Prevention Week.
The annual awards represent a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools and PeaceMaker Minnesota. Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges spoke at the ceremony.
The four winners were Elizabeth Geshiere of Washburn High Schol; Dijon McCain of Patrick Henry HighSchool; Jacy Hill of Hope Academy; and Abdul Wright of The Best Academy. All are intensely engaged with many facets of peace making in their work in Minneapolis schools. Here are just a few examples of their success provided by their nominators:
- Abdul Wright, a coach and teacher, mentors students whose relatives are victims of violence. His quick thinking once kept his basketball team out of harm's way when a riot looked probable after an important game.