June 5th, 2010 5:33 pm | by Ott Tammik News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Schools, Politics

Students Develop a Portland Peace Prize

LEP students

Some Portland high school students will honor local peace activists this month with a new “Portland Peace Prize.”

After studying Nobel Peace Prize winners for several months, students at the Leadership & Entrepreneurship Public Charter High School decided to make their own award.

“What we were looking for was somebody who was going above and beyond in spreading peace throughout Portland,” says Eric Ostberg, a 16-year-old freshman involved in the event.

Thirty LEP students have been researching and interviewing individuals and organizations that have focused on hunger, conflict, crime and civil rights in Portland.

“They really wanted to do something local that applied the stuff that they learned about the Nobel laureates,” says Brady Bennon, who teaches the Nobel Peace Prize class. “It's really just a student-run event. I thought we could do something in the community. The kids really have shaped what that has looked like.”

The winner will be announced Thursday, June 10,at an event running from 7 to 9 pm, at the Center for Philanthropy on 221 NW 2nd Ave. The 20 nominees are:

- Fuego

- Transition PDX

- Powerhouse Mentoring Program

- Springboard Innovation

- Oregon Peace Works

- Student Association

- Portland Peace Coalition

- Children's Cancer Organization

- Trillium Family Services

- Rooms for Peace

- Rebuilding Center

- Community Warehouse

- Ceasefire Oregon

- 1000 Friends of Oregon

- KBOO Radio

- Urban Gleaners

- Loaves and Fishes

- The Portland Red Cross

- Free Geek

- Resolutions Northwest
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