In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word. On September 20, Silver Bay Elementary School took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace. They created pinwheels with messages of peace that were “planted” at the front circle of the school on the morning of September 23.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers from Coconut Creek, FL, 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.
In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world spun approximately 500,000 pinwheels on September 21. In 2018 (year 11), over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, the grade four team at Silver Bay coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
The staff and students of Silver Bay created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, on one side of the pinwheels, the students wrote their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony. On the other side, they drew and colored pictures to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and planted them the Monday following the International Day of Peace as a public statement and an art exhibit/installation. The spinning of the pinwheels in the wind spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!