In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 21 students and staff at Windsor, Yahara, and Morrisonville Elementary Schools took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace outside their schools.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives. Over the years millions of pinwheels have been planted throughout the country. School counselors Stefanie Muller (Windsor) and Cori Denk (Yahara/Morrisonville) worked with art, music, and other teachers to coordinate the Pinwheels for Peace project.
Students created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes, and wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they drew, painted, collaged, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace (September 21) they “planted” their pinwheels outside the school as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.
Students at the school participated in other related activities, such as learning songs about peace, and discussing respectful behavior to one another.
For more information, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.