Students at Millbrook Elementary School celebrated peace on Monday.
Art teacher Mary Jane Thompson guided students through Pinwheels for Peace, a one-day program that marks International Peace Day. Students color pinwheels and write their definitions of peace on them.
“I love the idea of schools all over the world making pinwheels and sharing ideas of peace,” Thompson said.
Thompson has been doing Pinwheels for Peace for about five years. Before she came to Millbrook, she was an art teacher at Sanford Creek Elementary in Rolesville.
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The program has existed for about 10 years and originated with two art teachers in Florida.
At Millbrook, students put the pinwheels in the ground to flank a main walkway into the school.
Some students wrote that peace means sharing with classmates, making friends and cleaning up after making a mess.
First-grader Ryan Pompey wrote that peace was “quiet sleep.”
He told Thompson he has a new brother at home who wakes up during the night crying. The noise keeps him awake, too.
“Babies are not peaceful,” Ryan said.