Seventh grade students from Polaris Charter Academy studied the U.S. Constitution and the second amendment. They also collected data on gun violence in their own neighborhood, West Humboldt Park in Chicago.  The statistics, showing high numbers of fatalities near the school, and their own personal experiences with violence compelled them to take action. They decided to complete two projects: a citywide “Day of Peace” event and writing a book to honor the stories of local citizens working for peace.