On Sept. 21, the students of Monett Elementary School will participate in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by planting pinwheels with messages of peace at the campus.
This is the fourth year of participation for Monett. Jan Jenkins, Monett Elementary kindergarten through second grade art teacher, is the coordinator for the event.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Fla. The project was a way for students to express their feelings about what is going on in the world and in their lives.
In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on Sept. 21 with approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year, which was the sixth year for the event, over 3.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
|This project is non-political, which means that peace doesn't necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war. It can be related to violence or intolerance in the course of daily life.|
Monett Elementary students will create pinwheels, and as part of the creation process, students will write their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side. On the other side, they will draw to visually express their feelings. The students will assemble these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they will plant their pinwheels at MES as a public statement and art exhibit and installation.
For more information about the event, call Jan Jenkins at 235-3411 or visit www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.