May 17, 2018 –
High school age students from Franklin County will be recognized for their efforts to bring
about positive social change on the local level at the nineteenth annual Peacemaker Awards
at Greenfield Community College Dining Commons on Thursday, May 17, 7 pm. The
program is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the Interfaith Council of Franklin County and the Traprock Center for Peace
and Justice, this year’s awards will honor eight students and groups involved in
environmental activism, racial justice, school safety, mediation, anti-bullying, food security,
substance abuse prevention, literacy and active bystanding. Student awardees hail from New
Salem, Buckland, Orange, Turners Falls, Greenfield and Deerfield.
“This annual event brings such hope and inspiration to young and old alike,” commented
Ben Tousley, president of the Interfaith Council. “To hear the focus and purpose and
collaborative efforts of these young people toward effecting change in their communities is
always a bright spot for those who attend.”
Traprock Center for Peace and Justice Director Pat Hynes added: "The Peacemaker
Awards event is also a singular tribute to parents, teachers and mentors who
have cultivated the spark of idealism in the students we honor as peacemakers in
their schools and communities."
Each student honored that evening will have an opportunity to talk about their contributions
and their hopes. In addition, music will be provided by students from the North Star Self-
Directed Learning for Teens.