Friday, October 5, 2012
By EARTHA TERRELL
Students learned the importance of having inner peace while decorating North Elementary School’s front lawn during “Pinwheels for Peace” Sept. 21.
Students celebrated “International Day of Peace” by customizing their own pinwheels and discussing what brings them personal peace and happiness.
Teachers also stressed the value of tolerance and being respectful to others. “Pinwheels for Peace,” which was created by art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Florida, allows students to design their own pinwheels and express their thoughts about what peace means to them.
“We talked about what peace meant to each student and we talked about getting along with people. To me, it’s more important to have peace in yourself before you can make peace with others. We stress building positive character traits here and getting along with everyone you come in contact with and respecting them as an individual is just another character trait to have. I think the students were also excited to show off their artwork in front of the school,” said principal Tracy Kaschak.
Students smiled as they planted their pinwheel, which were a variety of colors and styles, each representing their own perspective on what it means to be peaceful.