Elementary Pinwheels for Peace

Elementary Pinwheels for Peace
Posted on 09/26/2016
Elementary Pinwheels for PeaceOn September 21, 2016, Athens Elementary School students took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace in front of the Athens Elementary School.

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. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Art Teacher, Mrs. Mary Jo Johnson, coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.

This project is non-political - peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”

Athens Elementary School students created pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes - as part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance / living in harmony with others” on one side. On the other side, they colored the pinwheels to visually express their feelings. In addition, a few of the 5th grade girls carefully crafted signs for the event.In support of the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21st, they “planted” their pinwheels in front of the Athens Elementary School as a public statement and art exhibit/installation. (Due to inclement weather on the 21st, the pinwheels were installed on Friday, Sept. 23rd.)

The community enjoyed the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will as they spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world! 

To learn more, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com