Thursday, August 30, 2007

Pinwheels for Peace: September 21, 2007 - A great project for individuals, classroom or whole school/community!

"In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word."

Pinwheels for Peace is an incredible program that was started by two art teachers Ann Ayers (also an Adobe Education Leader) and Ellen McMillan that teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida. It was started as an art installation project in 2005 as a "way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives."

(©2007 Ayers and McMillan)

Pinwheels are childhood symbols that students create in all sizes and shapes. As part of the creation process students are encouraged to write their thoughts about "war and peace/ living in harmony with others" on one side of the pinwheel, then visually design their feelings on the other side of the pinwheel.

View the photogallery of the last two years.

Once all the pinwheels are designed they are "planted" together outside on International Day of Peace, September 21, 2007.

In 2005 (the first Pinwheels for Peace) it was estimated that there were 500,000 pinwheels over 1,350 locations worldwide. 2006 approximately 1 million in 2,500 + locations. It would be great to beat that record for 2007!

Check out the locations around the world that have committed so far in participating for 2007.....your class/school could be one of them!

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