Number of Participants: 20
Hours Donated: 1
Value of Time Served: $169
Event Type: Civic & Community
Date: September 22, 2021
Newbridge Road Elementary
Newbridge Road, North Bellmore
Large pinwheels in front of Newbridge Road Elementary School in the North Bellmore School District reflected a shared desire among students, staff and the community for world peace. The pinwheels were placed in front of the school on Sept. 20 so when the sun rose the following morning for the International Day of Peace, they would already be there as a visual reminder.
The PTA provided a pinwheel for every class, and each student could sign his or her name on one of the fins. Classes went outside throughout the day to place them near the rock garden, adjacent to the main entrance. By the end of the day, there were more than 20 pinwheels spinning in the breeze, including ones signed by teachers and staff.
“We live peace day every day at Newbridge Road School,” Interim Principal Amanda Licci said. “The pinwheels represent our pledge to be peaceful.”
Teachers shared videos about the purpose of the International Day of Peace and also read books that promoted peace. In classroom discussions, students learned that they could show peace to others through kindness and acceptance.
1: First graders in Laurie Harrington’s class at Newbridge Road Elementary School came outside on Sept. 20 to place their pinwheel.
2: Fifth graders, from left, Emma Giwner, Daniel Goldberg and Elaine Zheng signed a pinwheel and read books as part of their call for world peace.
3: Liam Baez, left, Tai Franco and Jaden Simmons help place pinwheels signed by students and staff on the school’s front lawn.
4: Penelope Pena, left, Andrew Mouradian and Madelyn Lee planted a pinwheel to mark the International Day of Peace.
Photos courtesy of the North Bellmore School District