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Photos: Campus Celebrates the Return of Pinwheel Day

Photos by Arshiya Bhayana ’22

Fords piled onto Founders Green on a sunny Tuesday, April 27 to celebrate Pinwheel Day. Although masks were obligatory, that did not stop students from relaxing on blankets, throwing around frisbees, or just enjoying the opportunity to take a break from online classes by basking in the sunny weather.

For first-years and sophomores, this was their first Pinwheel Day at Haverford. Last year, the annual tradition was interrupted by the rapid onset of the pandemic, which forced most students to leave campus. The college sent templates and Zoom backgrounds for a Virtual Pinwheel Day in April, but nothing could recreate the experience of being in person with friends on (supposedly) the first warm and sunny day in spring.

With the rollout of vaccines to students and a promise of a fully in-person experience in the fall, the mood felt optimistic, even jubilant at times. One hopes that Pinwheel Day will be the first of many quintessential Haverford experiences that make a comeback as the country slowly emerges from the grip of COVID-19.

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