For the past four years, Ketchikan High School has come together every September to celebrate peace with a week of themed activities.
"Kings for Peace" week was started by Kayhi English teacher Sarah Campbell as a way to mark the International Day of Peace, which is recognized every Sept. 21.
Campbell wrote in a Tuesday email to the Daily News that she is still planning a peace week celebration for the 2020-21 school year — this time, with the new addition of a logo design contest.
Open to all artists in the community, the contest is a call for artwork that features this year's theme, "Shaping Peace Together."
Work must be submitted by Saturday in the form of a JPEG file.
There is no limit on how many pieces one person may submit. To enter a piece, participants may send it to Campbell via email at email@example.com.
Campbell noted that for the past two years, the logo has been designed by Class of 2020 Kayhi graduate Madison Rose.
Using the winning design from the contest, Campbell hopes to "mock up" posters, T-shirts and possibly even masks.
"I'd love for students to wear these on Sept. 21 — the international day of peace," Campbell wrote.
Campbell is coordinating her efforts to design a socially distant celebration with members of the Kayhi Rotary Interact Club.
"Kings for Peace" week is each year marked with an assembly. This year, that assembly will likely be moved online, and will be made available to students of all schools, as well as community members.
"We for sure are planning a peace day challenge in which students and community members can take a picture or share a quick video on social media of how they shape peace," explained Campbell. "We will encourage all to post on social media using #KingsforPeace and #Peacedaychallenge."
COVID-19 has impacted both the organization of the event and Campbell's goals for this year.
"If ever there was a year to give students and our community a chance to think about peace, this is it," Campbell stated. "Being in the midst of a global pandemic has surely presented each of us with novel challenges. Opening a newspaper, watching the news, surfing social media or simply walking through town, we quickly realize our world is rife with conflict."
However, Campbell said, "through peace education, we have the unique opportunity to equip our students and ourselves with peacebuilding skills."
"We need strong leaders more than ever, open dialogue and the willingness and confidence to work through our challenges," Campbell said. "Peace is not the absence of conflict; rather peace is working to resolve conflict in a nonviolent way."