Pinwheels for Peace / International Day of Peace New Haven, Sept. 21, 2011

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On Wednesday, September 21, thousands of New Haven public school students from all city schools will gather on the New Haven Green to celebrate United Nations International Day of Peace. Students have made more than 3,000 pinwheels that will be displayed on New Haven Green.  

The event will feature singing and speakers, including Anwarul Karim Chowdhury,  retired under secretary general of the United Nations; former President of the Security Council; Honorary President: United Nations NGO Committee on the International Day of Peace. Also speaking will be Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo.

Students will celebrate the event, which seeks to promote peace both in the world and the community, with fellow students in Kragujevac, Serbia via an Internet hookup.

DATE:                          WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21      

TIME:                           10:30 A.M.

PLACE:                        NEW HAVEN GREEN

In case of rain, the event will be held at the Floyd Little Athletic Center, at Hillhouse High School, Sherman Parkway, New Haven.


Henry Lowendorf, New Haven Peace Council

Al Marder, New Haven Peace Commission

Nilda Morales, Arts Supervisor, New Haven Public Schools

Christopher Hoffman, Director of Communications, New Haven Public Schools


The New Haven School District is collaborating with the New Haven Peace Commission and the New Haven Peace Council to celebrate International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, 2011. The art teachers have been working with students to create perhaps as many as 6,000 pinwheels with messages of peace written on them that will be part of an art installation on the New Haven Green tomorrow.

The Eli Whitney Museum of New Haven is making wire holders for the pinwheels, which were distributed to the schools at the beginning of the school year.

A ceremony on New Haven Green at 10:30 a.m. will include many New Haven students, dignitaries and a special guest from the United Nations. At least two classes from each K-8 school plan to attend the ceremonies.

An essay contest for middle and high school students on the meaning of peace will also take place. Social studies teacher Sandra Cates-Clark is coordinating the contest and the winning essay will be read at tomorrow’s event.

Music teachers are also working with students preparing a performance of “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” which will be part of the ceremony. Music facilitator Ellen Maust is coordinating the performance.

The making, collection and installation of the pinwheels on the green will be coordinated by Arts Supervisor Nilda Morales and Lisa Davis Rucinski, Arts Facilitator from Comprehensive Arts.

Resources for lessons on peace include:

The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations Resolution in 1981 to coincide with the opening of the General Assembly. The first Day of Peace was celebrated in 1982 and the day is now celebrated worldwide.

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