Spinning Symbols of Peace

Imagining a world where peace is more than a thought, Babylon Memorial Grade School students joined millions worldwide in participating in this September’s Pinwheels for Peace project, an international art and literacy endeavor.  

In their art classes, students worked with teacher Patricia Stork to transform the traditional childhood symbol – the pinwheel – into an image for peace. After handcrafting their pinwheels, the students wrote their thoughts about peace on one side and on the other demonstrated their feelings visually. After assembling the hundreds of pinwheels, the students displayed the finished creations outside of the building in the shape of a peace sign to show their solidarity and commitment to promoting world peace. Ms. Stork documented the project on video, which incorporated time-lapse photography and audio clips of the students explaining what peace means to them.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by 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 over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels. Last year, more than one million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations worldwide.