PINWHEELS FOR PEACE: Imagine…“Whirled Peace”
In today's world, some Casper students believe peace needs to become more than just a word. On Sept. 21, 2012, the Gifted and Talented students at Pineview Elementary plan to take part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace. They will be “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at Huber Park next to Pineview Elementary from 10 to 10:30 a.m.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Florida art teachers as a way for students to express their feelings about what is happening in the world and in their lives. In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. In 2011, over four 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, Stan Hahn and Beth Berglien will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
The Pineview G/T students will create pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will "plant" their pinwheels at Huber Park next to Pineview Elementary as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.
On September 21st keep a lookout for the pinwheels - the spinning of the pinwheels in the wind will spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world!
For more information, go to [ http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/ ]http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or contact Stan Hahn at Pineview Elementary at (307) 258-8029.