200 students participate in Youth & Peace Conference - Tucson News Now

200 students participate in Youth & Peace Conference

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Students were walking from classroom to classroom on Saturday morning at Doolen Middle School in Midtown.

It's a rare site to see students at school on the weekend.

But these weren't just any ordinary students. These students were trying help each other and change the culture in school and in the community.

More than 200 students from around Tucson took part in the 2nd Annual Youth and Peace Conference.

The students made art to show a message of peace. There were dance performances and almost 30 workshops.

The topics of the workshops included, dealing with anger, controlling stress and bullying.

The keynote speaker for the event was Alejandro Chavez. The grandson of civil rights activist Cesar Chavez. He was very pleased to see the passion that the students showed.

"This is something we need more of," said Chavez.

At one of the workshops, Levi Fallavollita talked about bullying. As a 5th grader he was bullied, but he told his parents. The 12 year-old wrote 2 books about bullying and is working on a third. He encouraged the students in his class to speak out and stand up to bullies.

The Youth and Peace conference has grown. Last year, there were about 150 students.

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