Promoting Peace with Performance and Pinwheels

Promoting Peace with Performance and Pinwheels photo

To mark the International Day of Peace, Amityville Memorial High School hosted its ninth annual peace celebration on Sept. 21.

Students formed a human piece sign on the front lawn of the school and listened to readings, poems and songs performed by their classmates and teachers. They were also asked to reflect upon the question, “Who will you make peace with?”

The high school partnered with two organizations, Peace One Day and Pinwheels for Peace. Art students made peace posters which served as the backdrop for the performances. They also designed more than 200 colorful pinwheels, which were then placed in the ground at the end of the ceremony. 

This year’s peace celebration included a pinwheel design contest. Winners were Rachelle Louis Jean for most colorful, Odalys Murcia for most creative and Katerine Hernandez for most meaningful.

The Warrior Awareness Club, known as the WAC PAC, continued its peace rock tradition. Four students presented rocks painted with positive messages to someone special in their lives, with the hope that those rocks will be passed on to others throughout the year in a “pay it forward” manner.

The International Day of Peace ceremony was organized by art teacher Jayne Grasso and the National Art Honor Society, along with support from Director of Fine Arts Dr. Fran Fernandez. The United Nations initiative is annually celebrated by billions of people throughout the world.

“This event is important for the students because it gives them an opportunity to make a difference and express themselves,” Ms. Grasso said. “It’s very personal to them and it brings the school community together.”