From Harford County Public Schools:
Fifth grade students at Roye-Williams Elementary School joined the International Pinwheels for Peace project in celebration of International World Peace Day on September 21, 2011. With the help of the school’s enrichment coordinator, Dr. Guilbault, students in Ms. Peyton, Ms. Abboud and Mrs. Bristol’s classes learned about the United Nations (UN) and International Day of Peace and “planted” pinwheel gardens with messages of peace outside the school.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. The Pinwheels for Peace website points out that: “Peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war; it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
In 2001, the UN established September 21st as an annual day of non-violence and cease-fire. The UN invites all nations and people to honor a cessation of hostilities during the Day, and to otherwise commemorate the Day through education and public awareness on issues related to peace.
All members of the community are encouraged to join this project. For more information about Pinwheels for Peace, visit their website at http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/.