“Peace” by Nina Jazz Torres, Age 10, of Los Angeles, Calif.
First place in the poem category went to Casey Goodwin, 10, of Las Vegas. Upon learning of her win, Goodwin said, “I wanted to write a poem about peace because I think it’s so important to have peace in the world. It’s so cool it will be a song. Can I hear it now?”
Torres, a student of Larry Gluck’s Mission: Rennaisance Fine Arts Studio, said, “I wanted to make a picture of birds getting along together’because if they can, why can’t we? We should all have fun and enjoy each other, not fight.”
“Nina’s drawing is surprisingly brilliant,” said Los Angeles artist Synthia Saint James, the critically acclaimed illustrator of the U.S. Kwanzaa Postal Stamp. Saint James judged the art portion of the contest.
Both children also receive a limited edition print of the Saint James painting, “Harmony,” which graced the cover of Hull’s award-winning Peace in Our Land: Children Celebrating Diversity album.
“It is never too early, or too late, to talk to children about respecting diversity…Creating an environment rich in possibilities for exploring diversity helps children develop their ideas about themselves and others and creates the conditions under which children initiate conversations about differences.
PTA Magazine, Caryl M. Stern-LaRosa
February 2000, “Talking To Your Children About Diversity”
“I highly recommend this package to parents and teachers everywhere. Its inspiring music and creative exercises provide a positive environment which moves children to actively participate in exploring their differences. A must for K1 4 curriculum.”
Susan DeBlasio, Teacher
Corinne Seeds UCLA Elementary, Los Angeles, California
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Hershel K. Swinger, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
Children’s Institute International, Los Angeles, California