The Clinton Peace Coalition invites individuals, families, organizations and people of all ages to attend this year’s Stop the Hate/Show the Love event Thursday, Sept. 19. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at Jefferson Elementary School, 720 Fourth Ave. S., in Clinton, and is a meaningful way for the community to come together and make a statement of hope and witness to peace.

This free event will begin with a time of gathering at the school, where participants will have the opportunity to make a peace craft and play games. At 5:15, a welcome will be given by principal Theresa Schultz, followed by opening remarks by Dr. Karen Vickers, president of Clinton Community College. Emcee Karl Wolf will then introduce choral performances by the Jefferson Elementary Choir, Clinton High School A’Cappella Choir, the Clintones, and the Clinton Community Children’s Choir.

After the performances, participants will join together on a walk for peace along the Jefferson Elementary walking trail. Banners with signatures of students pledging their commitment to peace will be carried by representatives from Clinton schools. Every student who signs the banner will receive a “Stop the Hate – Walk With Me For Peace” wristband. Members of the public will have the opportunity to receive a wristband at the walk with a freewill donation to the Clinton Peace Coalition.

The walk will end at the Jefferson Elementary Peace Pole, where Rep. Mary Wolfe will share closing remarks. The event will conclude with the annual monarch butterfly release facilitated by Marion Johnson.

For more information, contact Mardell Mommsen Flippen at Clinton Community College, (563) 244-7006.