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Students create ‘whirled peace’ at Canfield High School


Published: Fri, September 29, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School students created, decorated and ‘planted’ pinwheels with handwritten thoughts and feelings about peace for the international art and literacy project Pinwheels for Peace on Sept. 21.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Canfield High School student decorated a pinwheel with all the colors of the rainbow to convey a message of peace for the international art and literacy project Pinwheels for Peace on Sept. 21.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School students took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by ‘planting’ pinwheels with messages of peace at the main entrance of the high school on Sept. 21.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield High School students took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace, by ‘planting’ pinwheels with messages of peace at the main entrance of the high school on Sept. 21. The students planted their pinwheels on the International Day of Peace as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

The students assembled the pinwheels as part of the creation process, while writing their thoughts about peace, love, understanding, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheel. Some students also included inspirational quotes. On the other side of the pinwheel, they drew symbols, such as peace signs and rainbows, with markers and colored pencils to visually express their feelings.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Fla., 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 more than 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on Sept. 21. There were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year, more than 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.


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