Published at recorder.com Thursday, May 15, 2014
GREENFIELD — The Traprock Center for Peace and Justice along with the Interfaith Council of Franklin County held its 14th annual peacemaker awards on Thursday, where several community members gathered at Greenfield Community College to honor young people dedicated to peace and justice in their schools and communities.
“This is the best night of the year,” said Rep. Denise Andrews. “The reason why, is it gives me hope that we can have a world that works for everyone and it refreshes me personally. You are making a difference.”
During the height of the shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado and incidents of violence in Franklin County, the Interfaith Council and Traprock Center partnered in 2000 to create awareness about the incidents of violence and honor young people fighting it....
Jordan Avery, a sophomore at Mohawk, was nominated by Becca King of Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield, for his work at the hunger relief organization. Avery volunteered at Stone Soup Cafe as part of his peer leadership class. Since November, Avery volunteered every Saturday, working 3.5 hour shifts and working on Friday nights as well.
While working at the cafe, King found him to be capable of independent and responsible leadership.
Avery has shown himself to be open to seeing and working with others with a compassionate heart, a discerning eye and a willingness to do what needs to be done to create a safe and comfortable environment for people, Trap Rock and the Interfaith Council noted...
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