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Local elementary school celebrates International Day of Peace

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Columbia, S.C. (WACH) - Brockman Elementary School had their 16th Annual International Day of Peace celebration Thursday.

The school partakes in this celebration because the founder of the school believed that promoting peace throughout the world starts with the children.

During the celebration there are several different musical performances, speeches, and a special award is given away.

The Dove Peace Award is given to a member of the community that best reflects what it is like to be a peacemaker. This year's recipient is Kassy Alia.

"Ms. Alia just speaks of compassion, and empathy, and caring for others. And she's doing what she can to make a difference in the world and in the community, said Georgia Godfrey, Brockman Elementary School Counselor. " Her organization specifically works with law enforcement and tries to strengthen relationships and understanding between law enforcement and members of the community, " said Godfrey.

Kassy Alia lost her husband, Greg, in the line of duty in 2015. Since then she has turned tragedy into positivity and peace. She has started many community organizations dedicated to building better relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

"You know I think Greg was such a model for peace of what it means to carry forth peace in the ways you treat people every day and now 9 days out of the second anniversary to be able to remember back and reflect on what he represented in terms of peace and to carry that message forward in his legacy is really special to my heart, " said Kassy Alia.

Alia continues to live through that legacy through serving her community. She says the children we're the most important part of today's ceremony.

Teaching the children and community love, positivity, and peace one person at a time.

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