Lufkin high school students celebrate 'International Day of Peace'

Lufkin high school students celebrate 'International Day of Peace'
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Little pops of color – spinning in the wind.

"Who can't smile when you see a pinwheel," said Denise Davis, art teacher at Lufkin High School.

Students at Lufkin High School filled what is now a sea of pinwheels, all for one special purpose.

"It's to show people about peace and loving and to make the world a better place," said Yamilex Valdez, a Lufkin HS 10th grader.

Making the world a better place, one pinwheel at a time.

"We get pleasure from giving and being kind to others and that right there is a way that we have a personal connection to creating a better world," Davis said.

Each pinwheel, different in its own way, labeled with words, phrases, and colors symbolizing peace and unity.

"I did a lot of colors for the rainbow because I thought a rainbow was pretty peaceful. And I did yellows and pinks and blues," Valdez said.

It's all a part of a larger global movement honoring the 'International Day of Peace', but for Davis the goal is to have the harmony live on beyond today.

"If people could have peace with each other for one day, then maybe that would encourage them to continue that for more days during the year," Davis said.

A message at least one of Davis' students seems to understand.

"I love showing peace and loving people, it's good. 'Why?' Because you want people to show you peace to yourself," Valdez said.

The 'International Day of Peace' was first celebrated in 1982 as a way of promoting a world filled with peace and absent of war and violence.

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