Children in Rock Hill joined others across the world in a call for peace Tuesday.
Students at Freedom Montessori, a private school for children ages 2-6 in Rock Hill, celebrated this year's International Day of Peace by releasing a pair of doves.
"There are boys and girls standing just like you all across the world celebrating peace right now," Freedom Montessori director Jamie Laymon told the children gathered Tuesday morning outside City Hall.
The children held hands, said a prayer and sang. Then, Ava Bennett and David Beck, both 4, each released a dove. The bird is seen worldwide as a symbol of peace.
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The doves are trained to fly back to their owner's home a few miles away, Laymon said.
The United Nations established International Day of Peace, celebrated on Sept. 21, in 1981 as a day of nonviolence and cease-fire.
Schools nationwide plan activities around it.
Students at the public Children's School at Sylvia Circle in Rock Hill used stones to design a peace labyrinth.
"A labyrinth is a pattern with a purpose," art teacher Laura Ashe said. "Walking it serves as a time-out from busy lives and helps lead to peacefulness, well-being and connectedness."