Midtown Community Services to Host 30th Annual Children’s Peace Parade on July 24
80 Children to March in The Grove to Support Peace, Address Gun Violence
ST. LOUIS, MO. (July 9, 2019) – 2019 has been especially violent in the St. Louis
region, with more than a dozen children losing their lives to homicide since January.
Through its 30th annual Children’s Peace Parade, Midtown Community Services is
helping give a voice to young St. Louis residents whose lives continue to be rattled by
gun violence in at-risk communities.
On Wednesday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m., 80 children, ages five through 12, and
community supporters will start their march at 1202 S. Boyle and move east on
Manchester Avenue in The Grove neighborhood. Carrying handmade signs and
sharing their message through peace chants, these young activists will encourage
residents to “Pump up the Peace, Put Down the Guns.” Businesses and organizations
are invited to join Midtown by walking in the Parade or simply cheering on the
Remarked Barbara Schaefer, youth program leader for Midtown, “Although our kids may have to wait a few years until they can vote, we want them to understand that their voices are important and that they can be politically active even at this young age. Since 1982, the Peace Parade has shown the community that children play a powerful role in pushing policy forward.”
The Peace Parade is the highlight of Midtown’s Summer Academy Day Camp, which has provided low-cost camp programs to hundreds of kids from low-income St. Louis neighborhoods for 30 years. This year, more than 80 children are attending the six-week session and enjoying field trips, sports and educational activities at little to no cost to their parents.
About Midtown Community Services – Midtown Community Services provides a wholesome, peaceful center where individuals, families and especially children from across St. Louis can be nurtured, supported and build community together. Midtown offers people access to connections and resources for realizing their value and full potential.