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Students at William B. Travis High School are rolling out recipes and swapping stories for their 2nd Annual Peace Through Pie Social. As part of the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate initiative on campus, participants will come together to celebrate the school’s diverse community through food and festivities. With inspiration from Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of unity and equality, the Austin, Texas-based nonprofit, Peace Through Pie (PTP), aims to rekindle the tradition of Pie Socials as a vehicle to build stronger communities. “By sharing pie along with conversations about peace and its role in the American Dream,” says local artist and PTP founder, Luanne Stovall, “we’re connecting the values of tradition, community and diversity.” A recent initiative from non-profit Peace Through Pie is their Pie-o-neers for Peace Program, which is designed to help schools and youth programs promote diversity and cultivate peace on campus. The program is comprised of students, teachers and parents who join together to build stronger communities through the art of preparing and sharing food. Led by students from Chef Rob McDonald’s culinary arts program and Leni Gillespie’s nutrition classes, Travis HS students, teachers, and families are invited to celebrate their rich heritage by sharing sweet and savory pies from diverse traditions at this year’s Pie Social. Community partners Phil Korshak of Homeslice Pizza and Hoover Alexander from Hoover’s Cooking have joined as guest chefs. They will be on hand to help Travis culinary students make pies for the event and to promote community building through the sharing of food. Organizer Rob McDonald believes that a State of Texas Resolution from Representative Dawnna Dukes enhances the historic significance of the school’s peace efforts, given her commitments to public education, school safety, and building stronger neighborhood communities. After the success of last year’s event, Travis HS Counselor Roy Larson wanted all students to be able to share a “piece”– of themselves. In weekly advisory classes, students have explored family recipes and food traditions in order to contribute to a collage representing the student community. Students from several campus clubs including the Guitar Club and Mariachi Club will be performing at the social to honor Dr. King’s dream for all Americans to sit down at the table of brother and “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.” This event will be held in the Travis HS cafeteria on Friday, January 25, 2013 from 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
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