On Sept. 21, Amityville Memorial High School commemorated the International Day of Peace by presenting its annual Pinwheels for Peace event.
Through song, poetry, peace rock presentations and a pinwheel planting ceremony, students reflected on the importance of peace in their lives, their community and throughout the world. To prepare for this event, high school art students created more than 200 pinwheels and decorated them with peace-themed art and personal messages of peace. Many peace-themed posters were also created for this celebration.
Additionally, students in the high school’s Warrior Awareness Club, known as the WAC PAC, wrote poetry and created “Peace Rocks” to distribute to individuals who have great meaning within their lives. During the celebration, students created a human Unity Circle and then “planted” their pinwheels to form a peace sign of pinwheels on the school’s front lawn.
The International Day of Peace (Peace Day) is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution, Peace Day provides a globally shared date for all humanity to commit to peace above all differences and to contribute to building a culture of peace. The International Day of Peace ceremony at Amityville Memorial High School was organized by art teacher Jayne Grasso and the National Art Honor Society, along with support from Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez.
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