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Friday, October 5, 2012

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North Elementary School students were excited to plant their hand-made pinwheels for peace in front of school Sept. 21.

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Neighbors | Eartha Terrell.North Elementary School students, Jillian Phillips (left) and Emma Battaglia, were excited to spread peace during the school’s “Pinwheels for Peace” event Sept. 21.

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Alexis Capan (left) and Kaidin Arnold enjoyed planting their pinwheels for peace that they designed and colored themselves at North Elementary School Sept. 21.

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Elizabeth Hernan (left), Noah Wills, Kayla Edwards, Mylee Servenack and Samantha Young were proud to show off their hand-made pinwheels during North Elementary School’s “Pinwheels for Peace” Sept. 21.

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North Elementary School students, which included, from left, (front) Daniel Adams, Kimberly Gullings and Mio Decola joined their teacher, Renee Gescion (back), as they planted pinwheels in front of the school Sept. 21.

By EARTHA TERRELL

eterrell@vindy.com

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.


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