Christopher Dolan, a seventh-grader at Pinole Middle School, knows very well what it means to be a peaceful warrior.
“A peaceful warrior is someone that is mentally strong and willing to stand up for the right thing,” Dolan said. “You can’t just say you are against bullying but then not do anything when you see it. You have to stop it.”
Dolan was among a contingent of students from Pinole Middle and Grant Elementary who traveled to the Oakland Marriott on Friday, March 17 to take part in the Golden State Warriors’ Peaceful Warrior Summit, an anti-bullying event, according to a report by the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
A guest panel included Warriors’ backup point guard Ian Clark, whose Tweet about the event included an image of Grant Elementary students.
More than 300 Bay Area students participated in workshops and panels regarding the topic of bullying. Twenty-six Grant Elementary schools attended the event wearing gold-and-blue T-shirts that identified their school as “No Place For Hate.” Principal Farnaz Heydari believes the students will take their experience back to school, spread the message and “help other students stand up for what is right.”
The Peaceful Warriors Summit is part of the Peaceful Warriors Project, a collaboration between the Golden State Warriors, the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate, No Bully, Rise, and the Ad Council to build safe inclusive environments free of hate, bullying and intolerance.
WCCUSD contribute to this report. Photos courtesy of WCCUSD and Grant Elementary.