On Friday, March 23, 2018 César E. Chávez Elementary School hosted its annual César Chávez Peace March & Celebration.  The event commemorated Chávez’s birthday, March 31.

A series of activities honored the birthday of the late American labor leader and civil rights activist. Students participated in a Peace March – ending up at Soberanes Park to plant a flowering cherry tree donated by Sustainable Salinas.

Chávez Elementary Principal Petra Martinez-Diaz said she wants the students to follow the same peaceful ways of Chávez.  “We want to make sure that students know that there are ways to effect change.” Martinez-Diaz said. “If there’s something that you see that is wrong and you want to try to fix it, there are ways to do it without having to be violent.”

Speakers included Salinas Councilman Scott Davis, Leti Hernandez of Sustainable Salinas, and Daniel Hernandez of  Salinas Local Urban Gardeners project.

Excerpts from the article appearing in the March 22, 2018 article by Juan Reyes in the Monterey Herald. Read more HERE.