East Rockaway Students Celebrate International Peace Day

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Students at Centre Avenue and Rhame Avenue schools learned about kindness and respect when they celebrated International Peace Day on Sept. 20.

At Centre Avenue, students viewed a brief video to open the discussion about respecting and helping people of all cultures around the globe. Each class also worked together to create a Peace Pledge, which will be displayed in the school’s hallways. All of the students were provided with pinwheels and fastened them to the fence in front of the building. In addition, they collected donations for the American Red Cross to aid the victims of the recent hurricanes. 

Meanwhile at Rhame Avenue, students hand-crafted Pinwheels for Peace, prior to International Peace Day. As the students designed their pinwheels, teachers held discussions about what it means to be peaceful and the importance of being kind and respectful to make their school a better place. On the day of the event, Principal Erik Walter addressed students using the school’s public address system and asked students to keep a few things in mind when they think about peace and what is going on in the world. 

“Please remember how important it is to keep the peace with one another and to always act in a respectful way,” he said. 

After Mr. Walter’s remarks, the entire student body, along with teachers and staff, formed a peace symbol using their pinwheels on the school’s lawn.