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Students create "Pinwheels for Peace"

CHESTERTOWN North Warren Elementary School students, along with their counterparts internationally, will be making a statement Sunday in support of world peace as they set up pinwheels they designed in front of school grounds on state Rte 8. The pinwheels bear personal messages in support of non-violence and social harmony. In conjunction with International Day of Peace, about 1 million children will be planting pinwheels, as in years past, in thousands of locations around the world as a way to express their feelings about what is going on in the world. Locally, elementary art teacher Phyllis Brown will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year. Brown said this week the project is essentially non-political, and and that the concept of peace includes turning away from violence and intolerance in our daily lives. North Warren elementary art students began the school year by creating their pinwheels. On one side, the children decorated their pinwheels to visually express feelings about peace, and on the other side, they added words and thoughts about peace. The activity will culminate the day after the Day of Peace which this year falls on Sept. 21, when they will "plant" them as a public statement and art installation for drivers to see as they drive by on Rte. 8, Brown said.

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