THE BRONX - Block parties typically celebrate neighbors and warm weather, but one group of Bronx students started block parties with an even deeper meaning. 

The graduating class of Fannie Lou Hamer High School in Morrisania hosted its annual peace block party Thursday, releasing red and white balloons into the air as a wish to end violence. 

The students have hosted the peace party for five years in a row now, but this year's theme is "Our lives matter." 

Fannie Lou Hamer is hoping that other schools will follow its lead and promote peace in a public way.