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LBE Students Celebrate Peace, Tolerance

Friday, September 23, 2016 -

Long Branch Elementary students recently took part in an international art lbeepinwheels1and literacy project called Pinwheels for Peace.

LBE students shared their thoughts and feelings about tolerance and living in harmony with others by creating pinwheels of varying colors and designs. Once completed, the students paraded around the circle in front of the school and "planted" their pinwheels in the shape of a giant peace sign.

LBE Principal Robert McCrone talked to students about being kind to each other and treating the school, the bus and the playground as “peace zones.”

“We are in a peaceful place but we have to work on it every day,” he said.

LBE art teacher Jennifer Matott organized the project, and told students that no one is exactly alike. That, she added is perfectly okay.

“It would be boring if we were all the same,” she said.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Fla., as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in more than 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels. Last year more than 4 million pinwheels were spinning around the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

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