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Ying Hua Students, Brandywine Residents, Join For ‘International Peace Day’

Ying Hua International School students and residents from three Brandywine senior citizen homes gathered Sept. 20 to spell out the word “peace” at the school. (Photo: Brandywine Living.)

Residents of three area senior citizen’s homes joined with students at Ying Hua International School in Kingston Sept. 20 to celebrate International Peace Day.

The students and seniors from three Brandywine Living residences gathered on the field next to the school to spell out the word “peace.” A firefighter from the Kendall Park Fire Department climbed to the top of a ladder truck to take an aerial picture of the scene.

Also on hand were members of the Kingston Fire Department.

Ying Hua principal, Laura Desai, said such gatherings are important for the students.

“It helps our children understand how we collaborate with others, how we’re community helpers, working with Kingston Fire and Kendall Park (fire departments) and also the importance of giving back,” she said. “It’s so important that they understand that so they can be the bridges to peacefulness in the future.”

Participants posed for a group picture afterword.

“We do this as a way for them to build bridges through peace and connection, and we think through understanding as a global-minded school that that helps everyone in the world hopeful to be a more peaceful individual and create a more peaceful world,” Desai said.

Stephanie Gaber, head of escapades at Brandywine Living, said about 30 seniors participated from Brandywine Living of Princeton, Pennington and Middlebrook Crossing in Bridgewater.

“We do a lot of inter-generational programs with this school,” Gaber said. “They’re local to us and very flexible with their time, and it’s a really good relationship over the years with them. It’s very enjoyable event with the children and the seniors.”

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