Rhame third-graders in Heidi Kreit’s and Gayle Beyrer’s classes planted handcrafted pinwheels near the school’s peace pole in honor of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
Prior to the event, the students decorated pinwheels with drawings they chose to represent peaceful ideas, including rainbows, hearts and peace symbols. The day of the planting, the children spoke about what they could do to make the world a more peaceful place. One student suggested becoming president of the United States to enact laws, while others spoke about taking part in community service and creating medications that help people.
Principal Erik Walter joined the students as they placed their pinwheels on the school’s lawn in the shape of a peace symbol and explained that they could make the world a better place if they remembered to “be kind to one another all of the time.”
Kreit and Beyrer said celebrating the International Day of Peace was a great way to begin the school year because it focused on having empathy and encouraged a safe environment in the school community.