This past Saturday was the international Day of Peace and Cedar Hill Elementary marked the occasion by planting ‘Pinwheels for Peace’ at the school’s lower parking lot.
Annabel Pierce, Cedar Hill Character Education Committee Chair, said that this program is through the school’s Character Education committee.
This was a joint venture between School Counselor Heather Praml, Joyce Janowicz and Cathy Lundquist. Lundquist and Praml are Co-chairs of the Character Education Initiative Committee.
“This is probably the third year,” said Praml. The other two years were 2011 and 2010. “We have a parent branch of the character ed committee that helps us. They did the fence for us.” The fence is decorated with the word peace and a peace symbol.
Students said the pledge and sang 'God Bless America.' Praml also gave a short lecture on the importance of International Peace Day.
“We try to promote respect at Cedar Hill so this ties into that nicely,” said Janowicz. “They (the younger kids) liked them so much so we let them take their pinwheels home to plant them at home. The fifth graders planted theirs here to represent the school.”
On the pinwheels, the students wrote what their thoughts are on peace.
“I thought it was important because it’s unique to them,” said Praml.
“It’s a fabulous program that we bring to this community,” said Principal Michael Raj. “It gives us a moment to reflect on what it means to have a peaceful world and that we’re all part of it.”