Promoting peace in St. Louis

Senior Joseph Silver had the opportunity to help promote peace in St. Louis after receiving a $250 grant from VolunteenNation.


On August 9th, the history of St. Louis was changed. This marked the untimely death of Michael Brown, which was followed by many days of unrest in the Ferguson community. These protests not only affected the surrounding communities of St. Louis, but the whole entire world.

I thought that applying to the peace in St.┬áLouis grant would be a good idea. My friends and I came up with the idea of a ‘meet a police officer’ event held at a Ferguson-Florissant school district preschool class.

The event was held on Thursday, March 19 at the preschool classes of Cool Valley Elementary School. Detective Susan Adams from the Normandy Police Department came and talked to the children about stranger danger, types of street signs, and public safety. They even got to ask some questions.

The kids also got to make a ‘stop light’ snack made of graham crackers, yogurt, and fruit, as well as draw pictures of what they learned during the talk.

To conclude the day, the children got to look inside and sit in a police car. They were also able to take home a bag filled with police stickers, a small pullback police car, and a police badge.