Timber Grove, Oliver Beach and other schools make Pinwheels for Peace


Timber Grove and Oliver Beach elementary schools were among the many Baltimore County schools that honored the International Day of Peace by participating in Pinwheels for Peace. Because Peace Day (September 21) this year was on a Saturday, schools held their Pinwheels for Peace activities the Friday before that day.

Through Pinwheels for Peace, students use words and images about peace to decorate pinwheels and then they display the pinwheels on their school campuses.

At Oliver Beach Elementary, students and faculty followed a pathway of student-created pinwheels to the athletic fields where they sang “Peace Begins with Me,” an original song written by Oliver Beach’s school counselor Melanie McHale. Several randomly selected Grade 5 students then read aloud their wishes for peace.

The annual Pinwheels for Peace art installation project began in 2005 in Florida as a nonpolitical way for students to express their feelings. Last year, more than 4 million pinwheels were created and displayed in more than 3,500 locations around the world.

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Information and photos submitted by Barbara Cosgrove, Librarian, Oliver Beach Elementary School and Mackenzie Easton, art educator, Timber Grove Elementary School
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