Randallstown Elementary students plant Pinwheels for Peace


Every student in Grades 1-5 at Randallstown Elementary School created and displayed his or her own personal Pinwheel for Peace on World Peace Day, Wednesday, September 21. Art teacher Joanne Perlin was instrumental in organizing the event for the school.

The entire student body and faculty assembled outside around the bus loop, with students holding the pinwheels they made in art class. The pinwheels were designed to express in words, symbols, and pictures the children’s thoughts of peace, tolerance, and harmony for themselves, their community, and their world.

Each grade level was called to come up onto the grass and “plant” their pinwheels in their teacher’s designated areas.


Students and staff stood outside and said the Pledge of Allegiance. The pinwheels were then left to spin in the wind all day sending out their messages of peace. The next school day, students took their pinwheels home as a reminder of the school’s “whirled peace day.”

The annual Pinwheels for Peace art installation project began in 2005 in Florida as a non-political way for students to express their feelings. In recent years, more than 1.2 million pinwheels have spun in more than 3,000 locations around the globe. Many BCPS schools participated this school year, including, in addition to Randallstown Elementary School, Halethorpe Elementary School, Owings Mills High School, and Winfield Elementary School.

Story by Betsy Book, Good News Ambassador and Grade 1 teacher, Randallstown Elementary School. Photos courtesy of Randallstown Elementary School.
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