A Grand Finale for the Operation P.E.A.C.E. Summer Academy

05Located at the center of the largest concentration of low-income housing in the southeast, Operation P.E.A.C.E. provides—free of charge to parents—vitally needed after school care. It also operates a free eight-week Summer Academy, with lots of fun, lots of learning, special help for struggling students, and free meals. These services are vital to children who might otherwise go unsupervised—and go hungry—during the summer months.

For the last two years UUCA has held special fundraisers for Operation P.E.A.C.E. And, shoulder to shoulder with our friends from other faith communities—notably, Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church and Big Bethel AME Church—we have volunteered during the summer.06

During the coming academic year some of us will be working with the after school program at Operation P.E.A.C.E.

001On Friday, August 2, the Operation P.E.A.C.E. Summer Academic held its Grand Finale. A good time was had by all. Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall, who has been actively involved in supporting Operation P.E.A.C.E. addressed the audience.

Among other things, the students presented a skit on how to stop bullying. There was much singing and dancing.067

A highlight of the show were the movies produced by Susan Duderstadt of UUCA, who led the science program this summer at OPEACE. We had great fun—and learned a thing or two as well—as we watched the older students report form various 046locations in the Solar System.

Meanwhile, the younger students taught us how to respect our world’s many ecosystems.095

We look forward to continuing our partnership with Operation P.E.A.C.E.

For a gallery of pictures from the Grand Finale, go here.

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