Nearly 300 local elementary school students flew handmade kites at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in support of a “10,000 Kites” project involving Israeli and Palestinian children that is to occur later this spring.

Through the LMU ARTsmart program and the Graduate Department of Marital and Family Therapy, the children made and flew their own kites. Children painted and printed messages of peace on the kites and flew them over the LMU Leavey Field.

“To ensure a brighter future for our children, it is our duty as activists to provide opportunities for collective expressions of peace and civility as an initial step for ending cycles of hate and violence,” said Adi Yekutieli, 10,000 Kites artistic director.

Before the event, Terry Lenihan, LMU director of the ARTsmart program, said:

“Local children will learn about the meaning of tolerance within their own lives and we believe that LMU’s support of the project will fill the skies with beauty, peace, and hope.”