At Currier Memorial and Readsboro Elementary we celebrated September 21st, The International Day of Peace, by participating in the Pinwheel for Peace Project. Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. The project was quickly embraced by their students and the school community and by millions of teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in their world. The project has spread worldwide and expanded to include 3 million pinwheels planted this year.
At Currier Memorial and Readsboro School students were encouraged to reflect on what peace means in their lives, in their relationships, in their schools, and in their communities. We paused to consider how we each contribute to "keeping the peace" when we practice tolerance, patience, understanding, respect, in school and at home.
Each student decorated and assembled their pinwheel with words, images, and symbols that communicated their feelings about peace. On September 21st and 22nd, students planted their pinwheels in the school lawn as part of a school wide celebration. It was fun and exciting to be part of this global celebration and I am proud of their efforts.
You can learn more about the project by visiting www.pinwheelsforpeace where you'll also find a template for making a pinwheel of your own.