Pinwheels of Peace.
Millions of them all over the world.
Motorists and pedestrians passing Eisenhower Middle High School and Sugar Grove Elementary School and many other locations worldwide today may notice arrays of pinwheels.
Each pinwheel is decorated with symbols and words of peace.
As the wind blows and each pinwheel spins, the wheel’s message is spread.
Today is the International Day of Peace.
In celebration, students at Eisenhower Middle School and Sugar Grove Elementary School are joining millions of people worldwide in creating a visual public statement about peace.
According to the Pinwheels for Peace Web site, about 3 million pinwheels were spinning on this day last year.
“The Pinwheels for Peace project gives students an opportunity to actively participate in a national Day of Peace with millions of schools and organizations spinning their thoughts and imagery into the sky,” Eisenhower Art Teacher Jessica Shoemaker said.
Each student wrote a message of peace, something personal or words that had been introduced to them in class, on one side of the paper that eventually became the pinwheel.
Some examples chosen by many students are: Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Peace cannot be achieved through violence. It can only be attained through understanding”; Napoleon Bonaparte’s “If they want peace, nations should avoid the pin-pricks that precede cannon shots”; and Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit’s “The more we sweat in peace, the less we bleed in war.”
“The opposite side will enhance these words using symbolic forms of peace or imagery created by the student representing their interpretations and thoughts about peace in their world,” Shoemaker said.
She said the activity allows students to “focus on this significant message of service to their community and world they live in each day.”
“Pinwheels for Peace project promotes students to express their thoughts and ideas to not tolerate violence, war, conflict, and bullying, but strive for harmony and peace in their daily lives,” she said. “The educators and administrators at Eisenhower are proud to be part of this project.”
Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry
Pinwheels for Peace
Emily Lookenhouse, an eighth grader at Eisenhower Middle School, demonstrates the operation of the pinwheel she created in honor of the National Day of Peace, as Christopher Sanders continues working. All of the pinwheels created by the middle school students will be on display in front of the school Tuesday.