Friday, October 12, 2012

Pinwheels for Peace projects results in 640 positive messages

All 640 students at Woodview Elementary School students “planted” pinwheels with individual messages of peace on Sept. 21 as a part of an international art and literacy project.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started by two art teachers seven years ago in Florida. The project was founded as a way for students to express their feelings about what is going on in the world and in students’ own lives. For “Ten Days of Peace” prior to the installation, which began on Sept. 11, students created their pinwheels in the art room.

Daily announcements related to violence prevention, bullying, gossip and teasing were also discussed. At Woodview, educators and students focused on creating peace inside the school, and how to turn that into creating peace for the world.

As part of the project, Woodview students viewed a map of the world with the location of their elementary school and all of the other participants around the world at the Pinwheels for Peace website. “Having the chance to literally see the vast group of people who took part in the Pinwheels for Peace project, students gained a greater understanding of global citizenship,” organizers said.

In its first year, groups in more than 1,325 locations worldwide were able to spin about 500,000 pinwheels. Last year, more than 4 million pinwheels spun as a part of the project in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Communications Dept. student intern Kali Venable compiled this report


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