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Mott Road students use pinwheels to promote peace

First grade teacher Katie Kenna gets ready to hand out pinwheels to her students.

First grade teacher Katie Kenna gets ready to hand out pinwheels to her students. Courtesy F-M Schools

— The weather on International Peace Day was perfect for planting pinwheels to promote peace.

During Mott Road Elementary School’s Peace Assembly on Sept. 21 – which was International Peace Day – the sun shone and the wind whipped. With each gust, about 460 red, blue, green, pink and yellow pinwheels created by Mott Road students and staff furiously spun their paper arms.

This was the second year students created pinwheels in their art classes to participate in the International Pinwheels for Peace Project. Students in art teacher Kaila Johansen’s classes wrote messages on the backs of each pinwheel and decorated the fronts. During the school’s Peace Assembly, each student and staff member planted a pinwheel in the grass and gardens in front of the school.

Students also sang songs about peace and shared their personal wishes for peace. Teachers spoke of acts of kindness they have witnessed by individual students and grade levels as a whole.

Principal Lynnette Bonner told the school community that while they were talking about peace, they joined millions of people around the world who were also promoting peace on that day.

In the days leading up to International Peace Day, each grade level at Mott Road held an assembly that focused on ways to be kind to each other.

“We’ve been talking about peace and ways to be peaceful,” Principal Bonner said.

In 2011, an estimated four million pinwheels were displayed around the world on International Peace Day, according to pinwheelsforpeace.com.

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