Bexley Middle School seventh-graders marked the International Day of Peace on Thursday, Sept. 22, by hanging peace flags in front of their school.

Bexley Middle School seventh-graders marked the International Day of Peace on Thursday, Sept. 22, by hanging peace flags in front of their school.

Each student is created a flag in social studies classes for the event.

Declared by the United Nations General Assembly, the International Day of Peace "provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date."

The Peace Flag Project, of which BMS is part, is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee of Southeast New England and the Social Justice Ministry of First Unitarian Church of Providence, Rhode Island, was founded in 2004.

Bexley's seventh-grade social studies teachers Elizabeth Jax, Debra Ludovico and Natalie Mroz have spearheaded the BMS project. The peace flags tie into the students' exploration of world cultures, Mroz said, as the tradition began more than 2,000 years ago when Tibet was ruled by warlords who carried their banners into battles. The native people made their own flags to honor their nature gods and benefit all who passed beneath them.

BMS peace flags will fly in front of the school indefinitely.

Bexley's student string musicians will have the opportunity to work with and experience the alternative fiddle group, Barrage, on Monday, Oct. 3, with student workshops during the day and a 7 p.m. public performance in Bexley High School's Schottenstein Theatre, 348 S. Cassingham Road.

Tickets cost $20 for adults and $15 for students.

Barrage performs around the world, with concerts, festivals, events and television appearances in Europe, Asia and North America. According to the group's website, Barrage offers a "diverse fusion of cultures, musical styles and incredible performance vitality combining contemporary world music influences, layered vocal arrangements and pulsating modern beats and rhythms."

Bexley Orchestra Director Sandra Crandall said BHS orchestra members will attend an afterschool workshop with the Barrage musicians on Oct. 3.

The string ensemble includes five violinists, one drum kit player, one guitarist and one bass player, all with multi-instrument talents.