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Pinwheels for peace

September 22, 2007|By ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - For Bester Elementary School fifth-graders, the word peace brings to mind everything from love to chicken to video games.

In celebration of International Peace Day, Bester students made and decorated hundreds of pinwheels, which were planted on the school's front lawn early Friday.

"Peace means quiet," said Dorian Fournier. "Silent, no hitting or anything."

Dorian was part of a fifth-grade class that performed "This Day of Peace" Friday morning under the direction of Debbie Bolyard, the school's general music teacher.

The students started practicing the song about two weeks ago, Bolyard said.

Friday marked the second time Bester Elementary celebrated International Peace Day with pinwheels for peace, said Joshua Edwards, an art teacher who helped students create their pinwheels.

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On one side, students wrote words, and on the other they drew designs. Both sides were to represent peace, he said.

The International Day of Peace encourages progress toward building cultures of peace, and serves as a reminder commitment to peace, above all interests and differences of any kind.

Friday morning was the first time students saw all the pinwheels displayed together.

Sabrina Comer drew a chicken on her pinwheel because it looked funny, she said. Sabrina wrote love, video games, fun and hippie on the other side.

She included the word "hippie" because "they like making peace," Sabrina said.

Video games make Sabrina think of peace because they are kind of quiet, she said.

Alexis Harvey wrote peace, love, joy and cemetery on her pinwheel.

She wrote cemetery because, "whenever you go there, it's kind of peaceful," she said.

She included joy because, "it's kind of like if someone's always happy they have peace," she said.

Saquan Pachot wrote quiet as one of his words because people are happier when they don't hear a lot of noise, he said.

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