15th Annual Men's Peacemaker Awards

By KBJR News 1

May 7, 2013 Updated May 7, 2013 at 9:44 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - For the last 15 years Men as Peacemakers has awarded community members who help spread peace.

Three recipients were honored Tuesday in Duluth, the awards were given to a student, an adult and an organization.

The Steve Rolland Youth award went to Jeremy Lopez, who is a Senior at Marshal High School for his leadership to stop bulling in school.

The Organizational award went to Loaves and Fishes, a catholic worker movement which provides housing for people who are homeless.

The last award went to Greg Morse, a 5th grade teacher at Congdon Park Elementary School by day and on Monday nights, advisor for the Gay Straight Alliance at Duluth East High School.

He started the group seven years ago to help youth express themselves in a welcoming environment. Since the group was formed, it has helped not only kids in the group but also the whole school.

"Every year it has become strong and every year it has become more accepted in the building, and in the beginning we would put up banners and they would often get torn down," said Morse.

He says that over the seven years, kids have become more accepting of the group and attendance to the group has grown.

Morse was nominated for the award by the Principal of Duluth East High School, Laurie Knapp.

The Gary Gordon Award is in honor of a man who passed away almost a year ago who spread peace and understanding in the Duluth Community.

The Steve Rolland Award is in honor of a former Duluth Police Officer who's beat was downtown Duluth.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
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