By: Jillian Wilson
Today, kids learned firsthand why committing a crime can lead to a very dark path.
"Violence isn't' good. Violence is not the answer and I think everyone should know that," says Paris Roberts, a College student.
Today's 'Stop the Violence Rally' taught kids ways to steer away from violence and bullying.
"We want to let the kids know today, no matter what people do, no matter how they make fun of them, no matter what it is, don't let them get you out of your character," says Apostle Elizabeth Sanders, Pastor.
Or even worse, commit a crime that could follow them throughout their life.
"A lot of them are gone in the graveyard. Right now, a lot of them are in prison. What we want to do today is let them know who they are and let them know they are better than what they might think they are," says Sanders.
That was a message Curtis Lewis of Rock Island learned through acting.
"I deal with a lot of fear and by having acting it pushed me out of my shell," says Curtis Lewis.
Now he's acting and producing a play. He says that active energy helps him stay focused.
"You might have a lot of pain, but you can transform that pain to something very powerful," says Lewis.
Another main goal was to show the importance of education.