Praying for Peace • Students in the Lower School of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, proudly display Pinwheels for Peace that they created in recognition of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. They joined others around the world in demonstrating their pleas for peace through the art installation project. Courtesy photos
Praying for Peace • Students in the Lower School of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, proudly display Pinwheels for Peace that they created in recognition of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21. They joined others around the world in demonstrating their pleas for peace through the art installation project. Courtesy photos

The grounds of at least two Catholic schools this week were adorned with pinwheels bearing messages of peace, part of an international art and literacy project in commemoration of the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.

Students in St. Benedict School, Holmdel, and the Lower School of Trenton Catholic Academy, Hamilton, put their creativity to work in creating pinwheels and reflecting on their conceptions of peace. Messages responded to questions about war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others, and some pinwheels included drawings as well.

“It is appropriate to join together as a school family with the rest of the world on the International Day of Peace and to continue to pray for peace in our world and in our communities,” said TCA Lower School director Anne Reap. The school held a prayer service after the pinwheels were in place.

The International Day of Peace, also known as Peace Day, was founded by United Nations Resolution in 1981. Coinciding with the annual campaign is the Pinwheels for peace art installation project, which was launched in 2005 by two Florida art teachers as a way for students to express their feelings about world events and how they affect their lives.

The project started with some 1,325 groups around the world taking part, and that number has only grown – last year alone, more than 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations across the globe.