Elementary students bring messages of peace full circle

By Michelle Pitcher

Last Friday, students at Lakeside Elementary did more than recite their multiplication tables. Instead, they were busy making pinwheels to advocate for peace and tolerance.

As part of the International Day of Peace, a world-wide initiative meant to celebrate peace on a prescribed day every year, Lakeside students participated in Pinwheels for Peace. This program, as part of “Peace Day” advocates for “Whirled Peace,” a clever take on a somewhat difficult-to-grasp concept.

On this day, participants create a massive display of pinwheels, each containing a unique message of peace or tolerance.

At Lakeside alone, students created over 500 of these pinwheels. That’s over 500 messages of love written by the next generation.

That’s over 500 reasons to have hope.