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Belles celebrate Day of Peace

Jillian Barwick | Thursday, September 22, 2011

Saint Mary’s students celebrated the International Day of Peace Wednesday by creating pinwheels to represent childhood — a time of peace and joy, a representative from Campus Ministry said.

“We feel that this is a nice way to encourage and invite students to pause and pray for the world,” Assistant Director of Campus Ministry Regina Wilson said. “Making pinwheels are a great and easy way for the students to feel involved.”

Campus Ministry, who organized the activity, hosted a table in the Student Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students involved with Campus Ministry were stationed at the table throughout the day so they could explain how to create a pinwheel.

Mackenzie Miller, a student involved with Campus Ministry, was at the table in the Student Center for the afternoon.

“We had a great response at the table throughout the day,” Miller said. “It has been a bit quiet this afternoon, but this morning there were many students in here making their own pinwheels. They seemed to really enjoy making pinwheels out of the supplies we had at the table.”

The pinwheels could be created using different colors and patterns of paper that had been cut into small squares. There were also markers at the table for students to write their own messages of peace on their pinwheels.

Once created, the pinwheels were attached to pencils and placed in the grass in front of the Student Center.

For the last five years, Saint Mary’s has held its own version of International Peace Day on Sept. 21. The day provides an opportunity for individuals, organizations and nations to create practical acts of peace on a shared date around the world.