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Conejo Valley program uses arts, games to get kids thinking about peace

Kids in a bouncy house at the Conejo Valley's Peace Day Camp.
Kids in a bouncy house at the Conejo Valley's Peace Day Camp.

More than 100 elementary school students take part in the Peace Day Camp program.

It was a day of play with purpose in Thousand Oaks with a special message for kids.

Teaching kids about peace was the focus of a day in the park for more than a hundred kids in the Conejo Valley Friday.

Music, art, and games were used to make learning fun. It was called a Peace Day Camp put together by the Rotary Club of Westlake Village, the Conejo Recreation and Park District, and the arts group called Art Trek.
"We're teaching them about peace...about kindness, about respect," said Audrey Brown, who is with the Rotary Club.

Kurt Gunning, with the Park District, says the idea was to combine learning and fun. "We've had some music instruction and a scavenger hunt where the kids have to do some problem solving, so they could think about things they can do to help their society, their school, and their home life."

The kids were enthusiastic. "I liked the music, and the art," said Oscar Lima. "It was really fun." 

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.