Professing Peace Through Pinwheels

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Demonstrating their commitment to peace as more than just a word, first- and second-graders at Connetquot participated in the international art and literacy project Pinwheels for Peace on Sept. 21, “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at the front entrance of the building.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005. More than 4.5 million pinwheels spun last year in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

“To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning,” said Connetquot second-grade teacher Leslie Davis, who coordinated the school’s Pinwheels for Peace project. “In the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”