Wilchester and Rummel Creek elementary schools coordinated a Pinwheels for Peace art and literacy project to mark International Peace Day on Sept. 21. Four district elementary schools reported Pinwheels for Peace projects. They include Woodview and Terrace elementary schools.
Campus art teachers Stephanie Walton of Wilchester and Carole Pena of Rummel Creek helped students “plant” messages of peace on pinwheels at Wilchester. The two schools are located across the street from each other. Rummel Creek occupies a transition site located at Westchester Academy for International Studies.
|Rummel Creek Elementary|
Photo by Shannon Otermat
Wilchester Elementary students created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. Students added their views about war, peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others. A typical pinwheel had a student thought printed on one side, and a visual picture on the other side.
Designed as a nonpolitical project, it’s hoped that “the spinning of the pinwheels will spread out thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world,” organizers report.
At Woodview Elementary, all 660 students took part in a large art installation. Earlier in September, students listened for 10 days to morning announcements about kindness, the Golden Rule, gossip, teasing, character, diversity, bullying, conflict resolution and making choices.
|Pinwheels created by Terrace Elementary students|
At Terrace Elementary, pinwheels were placed outdoors on Sept. 21 in a program that was combined with the No Place for Hate campus campaign. Students created pinwheels in art class as personal peace pledges. In the two weeks before Sept. 21, a campus Pledge for Peace was drafted, then read by fifth-graders during televised morning announcements.