PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:51

Holabird Middle School students filled their school’s front lawn with pinwheels. photo by Ben Boehl

Delvale Avenue is decked out

by Ben Boehl

If you noticed pinwheels lining Delvale Avenue last Friday, you weren’t alone.
    People all over the world were seeing the same thing.
    For 30 years, member states of the United Nations have celebrated Sept. 21 as International Day of Peace. The day is traditionally marked with the ringing of the Peace Bell at UN headquarters in New York City and the wearing of dove-shaped badges.
    In addition, since 2005, students all over the world have participated in an activity known as Pinwheels for Peace, creating artwork of paper pinwheels in class and displaying them at their schools.
    According to the Pinwheels for Peace website, pinwheels are created all over the world. Dundalk was no exception, as students from Norwood Elementary and Holabird Middle schools filled their school’s lawns with pinwheels.
    “We try to communicate about any major projects we plan throughout the year. When I heard Holabird was participating this year, I knew we should too,” said Norwood art teacher Alison Paul.
    Kathleen Whitney of Holabird agreed that it was nice for each school to have pinwheels on both sides of Delvale Avenue. This was the first year Holabird students created their own pinwheels.
    “Norwood has done this event in the past, but it was discussed between teachers that both schools participating would make a bigger impact on the community,” Whitney said.
    Paul added that the day was more than just Norwood students creating an art project. It was a chance to unify and have everyone working  together.
    “We showed unity through a giant art installation. One pinwheel wouldn’t have been so noticeable, coming together and joining our pinwheels helped us to make our wishes for peace heard,” Paul said. “It is important for all children to understand that they can have an impact in their school, community, country and world.”
    Holabird art teacher Devon Sura said her school had a similar message and that “peace” should be practiced more than just one day a year.
    “We hope that students think more about how they treat others on a daily basis,” Sura said. “Peace is a verb and needs to be practiced daily.”