Caption: Students recognize International Day of Peace by creating pinwheels.
The students of Hagersville Elementary School hold high the pinwheels they created and assembled on September 21, 2015, the designated International Day of Peace. As their pinwheels turn in the wind, they send out messages of peace and goodwill throughout the world. After gathering together for this photo, the students ‘planted’ their pinwheels in the front gardens where they could continue to spin their messages into the wind throughout the day.
To each of us, the word ‘peace’ holds a different meaning, but there is a tendency to think of it solely as an absence of war or conflict. In our busy lives, peace within our own minds is also an important consideration; it’s an integral part of good mental health.
“Pinwheels for Peace” began in 2005 as an art installation project by two teachers in Florida with five hundred pinwheels flying in over a thousand locations in its first year. Ten years later, the project is now partnered with the organization “Peace One Day” and it is estimated that millions of pinwheels in thousands of locations are now flying throughout the world on this day. Hagersville Elementary School joined the project in 2007.