HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — On Wednesday, students at The Steward School celebrated International Day of Peace (aka Whirled Peace Day). They did it by recognizing firefighters, police and other first responders.
“It’s just a warm, fuzzy feeling to see 700 children from K-12 joining hands to celebrate peace,” said art teacher Cindy Grissom.
For the last 10 years, the school has picked a theme for the day. This year it was “Our Peacekeepers, Our Heroes.”
“With everything going on in this world, we thought we should honor the police, firemen, EMTs for everything they do for us because if it wasn’t for them, our communities wouldn’t be safe,” said art teacher Lynn Zinder.
PHOTOS: Students celebrate International Day of Peace
PHOTOS: Students celebrate International Day of Peace x
There were even some alumni from the school who were recognized among the group of first responders.
As part of the annual event, students plant pinwheels for peace. This year, they weren’t able to do it outside because of the rain. Instead, younger students “planted” them in the hands of the upperclassmen.
Grissom and Zinder helped organize the local event — one of many peaceful celebrations around the globe Wednesday.
“We read art teachers started it years ago and we thought that is something we need,” said Grissom. “The kids need to be reminded to be peaceful and to be peaceful to others.”
To celebrate International Day of Peace, students at The Steward School also collect something each year. This year they collected pennies and other coins to buy teddy bears for police and firefighters to give to children in crisis.