Pinwheels Spin for Peace at Cherry




    Passersby might have noticed. For a short while, before the rain fell on this first full day of Autumn, over 400 pinwheels, handcrafted in art classes by all the Cherry Avenue Elementary School students, could be seen spinning in the light breezes. The Cherry Avenue students had planted their pinwheels on the front lawn, class by class, as a show of support for the Peace Project.


    Enthusiasm for this project was evident. Students paraded to the front lawn with their spinning pinwheels while chanting messages of peace. Many were enthralled by the success of these whirligigs of swirling color which they had created in art class. (The kindergartners adapted the project and made flags which were less  complicated, but just as expressive.) All the students seemed to enjoy the freedom of showcasing their Peace statements outside, despite the cloud cover.


    The national Pinwheels for Peace Project attempts to raise the awareness of students and the general community that “Peace doesn't necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war.” The Pinwheels for Peace website states: “It can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition.


    For educators across the nation, the teachable message of “peace and serenity” by making pinwheels couldn't be more fun. Sayville Art teacher Jen Berotti organized this event to coincide with Cherry Avenue’s Parents Information Night, scheduled for later in the evening. While the weather proved uncooperative, Ms. Berotti gathered the pinwheels indoors  so the parents could witness their children’s statements about peace expressed in their art.