Students Craft Pinwheels for Peace in Honor of World Peace Day
In honor of World Peace Day on Wednesday, Sept. 12, students from all three HTSD elementary schools created pinwheels for peace as part of the Peace One Day project.
The goal of the project is to create a public visual statement about the importance of peace in a world that often is bombarded with images of violence. The pinwheels represent the true meaning of peace: a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.
Pinwheels - a common childhood symbol – are easily made from any type of material, making them an idea peace project for young children. In addition to crafting the pinwheels, students also were encouraged to compose their feelings about peace on paper in a variety of formats, including poetry, prose, haiku or essays. The students’ work is being displayed in the lobby of each school and was included as part of a school-wide celebration of World Peace Day.
Fifth graders Kate Baker, Carissa Williams and Jason Andrews said they enjoyed participating in the project. The three said they took some time to think about what peace meant to them before creating their pinwheel designs. They also were challenged, as part of World Peace Day, to think of what they could do to make school a more peaceful environment for everyone. The students said being kind, letting someone go ahead of them in line and eating lunch or playing at recess with someone you don't normally hang out with were all ways to make a more peaceful school environment.
"It's neat because World Peace Day is happening in our school and in our homes, but it's also happening all around the world," said Kate.
Jason said being involved with the Pinwheels for Peace project has taught him something very important: "Just because it's World Peace Day doesn't mean this is the only day you can promote peace."
The Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project that began in 2005 by Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who were art teachers at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Fla., as a medium for their students to express their feelings about world events.
The first Pinwheels for Peace were installed on Sept. 21, 2005. Since that time, over 4 million pinwheels for peace have been planted.
To learn more about the Pinwheels for Peace project, visit www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.
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