Students in La Crosse are celebrating peace with personal artwork Wednesday.

The sixth annual United Nations International Day of Peace is a chance for students and teachers to talk together about their ideas on peace. Students from La Crosse middle schools presented artwork and writings with the theme of Peace.

Organizers say personalizing peace is the first step to expanding it.

"A lot of their thinking is localized, which is good because that's where peace starts. If you can localize it even in the family setting, that's really great. To see that and see how it might expand into a bigger setting is nice,” said Harvey Witzenburg of the La Crosse Interfaith Justice and Peace Network.

The International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21st each year. It was first established by the United Nations in 1981.