On Sept. 21, for International Peace Day, Girl Scout Junior Troop 41282 and Brownie Troop 42522 of Felicity, Ohio took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at South Park in Felicity.
These Girl Scouts created pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, the girls wrote their thoughts about “war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others” on one side of the pinwheel.
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 pinwheels on September 21st – there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year (year 6), 2010, 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. Locally, Felicity Girl Scout Troops 41282 and 42522 coordinated the Pinwheels for Peace project this year with 100 pinwheels on display at South Park in Felicity. Next year, they plan on doing more pinwheels.
This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind. To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”
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!