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Peace Tradition Continues at Elementary Schools

Students plant pinwheels at Pennell Students at Aston Elementary prepare to plant their pinwheels Pennel students hold their pinwheels in the wind

On September 20, 2019,  Penn-Delco elementary students took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of calm and serenity outside their schools.  In honor of Interantional Peace Day on September 21, students created their own wishes for peace then formed them into pinwheels to spread hope for a better world.
This project for peace is non-political and simply a wish for the absence of those stressors that create anxiety and pain in the world.  Students generally plant the pinwheels as a wish for calm and serenity and the absence of anxiety, violence, and conflict among people or groups of people.  Elementary students from the four schools created pinwheels in all shapes and sizes and included their thoughts about living in harmony with others.  Pinwheels were then planted on school property as a public statement and art exhibit.


Penn-Delco elementary schools (Aston, Coebourn, Parkside, and Pennell Elementary) recognize the importance of this activity in the first month of school.  


"Aston Elementary School has been participating in this project since 2008," explains Aston Elementary School Couselor William Reaume. "This is ultimately a positive project about building a vision of peace with each other at school, at home, in our community and in the larger world.  We truly value the time spent learning together with our students about their visions for a more peaceful world, and feel inspired by their desire to create such a world."  


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st.  In 2018 over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.  Penn-Delco is proud to once again take part.

Residents in the Penn-Delco School District should look out for the pinwheels and recognize the students’ hope to spread reminders of peace through their community and the world.


Photos are of activities at Pennell and Aston Elementaries on September 20.