Kindergartener Jacob Trent holds his "peace pinwheel" in the air during Clay City Elementary's "Pinwheels for Peace" installation art project Wednesday morning. Students designed their pinwheel which was placed on display for only one day outside the school.
When Clay City Elementary students placed pinwheels in the ground Wednesday morning as part of an installation art project for International World Peace Day members of the community cheered and applauded the event.
"We want everyone to think about peace in their families, their schools, their communities and their world," art teacher and event organizer Rhea Hood said about the inspiration behind the Pinwheels for Peace project.
"The students have been really excited by this project. It got them to thinking about the world outside of their lives and that peace doesn't necessarily have to be associated with war."
The pinwheels became very personal projects as each student designed and decorated one that visually expressed how they felt about war, peace, tolerance, cooperation, harmony and unity.
"It made them stop and think about being better citizens in the world, better neighbors in the community," Hood said. "It even carried over into our lessons about bullying. They thought about their personal relationships here at school, how to be better friends, and how at home with their families they could be better brothers and sisters."
One of 400 schools across the United States participating in the "Pinwheels for Peace" project, the student display was only available for the public viewing one day, but the hope is that its message will linger on.
"This is a great group of students. I think that anytime we can come together to display our unity and love of country its a good thing," CCE Principal Jon Russell said. "Even in the middle of statewide testing for ISTEP, taking time out to do this, to remember that our country and the world is going through a lot of trying things right now, makes this a very appropriate event to be a part of."