Thirty Atterbury Job Corps Center students joined Youth 2 Youth Ambassadors from IndyPendence Job Corps Center to participate in a joint peace march with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The group marched from Monument Circle in the center of Indianapolis. The street was flooded with red Y2Y shirts as the students and staff took a stand against the violence they faced in their own communities. They also took time to remember the friends and family lost as a result of that violence.
Later in the evening, students participated in another peace march on the near-eastside of Indianapolis, a neighborhood historically wrought with crime and violence. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office assisted yet again, marching with the students and staff as well as securing the march route with their squad cars. Cars honked and pedestrians cheered the group on as they made their way through the neighborhood.
Members of the community commented at how well-behaved our student body was and how much maturity they displayed.
While the march was happening in Indianapolis, the rest of the student body and staff team put on a Center-wide bonfire and remembrance ceremony. Staff cooked meat on massive grills made by Atterbury welding students, while Café staff provided the side dishes. Students enjoyed sporting events as well as fellowship with staff throughout the event.
After dinner, students decorated Chinese Lanterns with the names of loved ones they have lost as a result of violence. The lanterns were then released to light the night sky as the bonfire was lit.
It was a night filled with peace, love, and chow! The icing on the cake was an aerial photo of students as a peace symbol.