At least two Montgomery County schools celebrated International Peace Day on Friday with special events.
Students at Watkins Mill Elementary School in Montgomery Village created paper pinwheels and placed them outside the school to remind passersby to think peace. Their younger counterparts, pre-schoolers at The Franklin School in Rockville, dressed in white, the color of peace, for the day and staged a parade.
They walked around the playground wearing peace symbols they made, some holding placards proclaiming, ”We share one world.”
“It is a message I think they are beginning to understand even at this young age,” Sharon Gilder administrator at The Franklin School said. “You are never too young to learn about peace.”
At Watkins Mill, art teacher Jaclyn Cross-Prettyman started the year talking peace with the students along with a discussion of class rules. Students decorated paper rectangles with symbols, pictures and designs that reminded them of peace. These were folded into pinwheels and attached to drinking straws.
International Day of Peace was established by the United Nations in 1981 to encourage people to work for worldwide peace. Sept. 21 became the permanent date for the day starting in 2002.
Israel Safo, 10, a fifth-grader, said putting the pinwheels outside where they could be seen by many people helped share the message.
To him peace means politeness, being friendly and “no wars or anything,” he said.
Zaina Kazi, 7, a second-grader, placed her rainbow colored pinwheel outside along with those of her classmates.
“Peace means not hitting anyone,” she said.