Pinwheels for Peace

First graders created their pinwheels and installed them outside so participants from Open House would be able to see their peaceful ideas as they walked up to school last night.

Pinwheels for Peace was started by “two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, who teach at Monarch High School in Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for their 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 entire school community and by millions of art teachers, teachers, parents, children and adults who desire peace in our world.” The first Pinwheels for Peace had 500,000 pinwheels. 2010 had three and a half million pinwheels! Wonder what 2011 will bring?

Gompers first graders were excited to hear that they were participating in an art project that kids from all over the world were doing with them at the same time. I’m excited to share pictures from the 2011 Pinwheels for Peace with them in their next art class. Talk about a personal connection to the world!

We discussed what images we think of when we think of peace. Hearts, peace sign, rainbows were among the top answers. We delved in a bit deeper to the idea of peace and talked about what peace looks like in our classrooms. Friendship, kind words, compliments, helping others were among some of the answers. We talked a lot about specific things first graders can do to spread peace at Gompers. Then we took that conversation and drew those things on our pinwheels. We also created ‘peace hats’ and became ‘peace ambassadors’ for Gompers. The first graders were charged with spreading the peace ALL over Gompers, even to the grown ups and big kids!

Hope you all enjoyed the first grade art installation!

To find out more about Pinwheels for Peace click here.

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