FORT THOMAS STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN PINWHEELS FOR PEACE
(September 21, 2012) Today, students from Johnson, Moyer and Woodfill elementary schools in Fort Thomas, KY, participated in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by planting pinwheels with messages of peace across the community. During the school day, students at each school gathered, forming a giant peace sign or spelling out the word “peace,” to be photographed with their pinwheels to commemorate the event.
Elementary art teachers Nikki Everett and Jennifer Flynn coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project at the three elementary schools in Fort Thomas. Students created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace, tolerance, living in harmony with others" on one side and, on the other side, they visually expressed their feelings through drawing, painting, collage, etc. The students assembled their pinwheels and will plant them in their yards and on their porches as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.
Our Pinwheels for Peace sponsors are:
- Marian Sizemore, State Farm Insurance, Fort Thomas, KY
- Tim Kramer, Tate Builder Supply, Erlanger, KY
- Campbell County Public Library
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, 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 were spinning approximately 500,000 pinwheels on September 21. In its seventh year in 2011, over 4 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.