For Kamiakin Jr. High's Visual Arts teacher, Liz Haven, teaching kids to become peacemakers is a task best accomplished through artistic expression. Haven participates in a world-wide program called Pinwheels for Peace as a way to get kids and adults talking about Peace in their lives. The program focuses discussion around how the kids have a say in peace and can become peace makers. Helping think about peaceful solutions to issues in the morning getting ready for school or at other times in the day is a focus of discussion. Following some discussion, each participant creates a pinwheel that expresses peace in words on one side of the pinwheel and in colorful pictures on the other side. After simple construction they plant the pinwheels as an Art Installation on Peace Day September 21st in the morning.
Pinwheels for Peace is a great community builder between our school, Kamiakin Junior High and Muir Elementary across the street. As I have heard from several passersby – they felt the community spirit too!
Liz Haven, Visual Art teacher at Kamiakin (best Jr High in the universe!)
This year the project expanded to include the Muir Elementary 5th and 6th graders too. Ms. Haven's art students sponsor the project with guidance of creativity, construction and planting of the Art Installation. The pinwheels come down the same day so it is the activity and the spirit of the project that lingers in the air after the project is completed.
According to Haven, the idea of Pinwheels for Peace was started by 2 art teachers many years ago. It is expected that 3-4 million pinwheels will spin worldwide, today, September 21st 2011, on Peace Day. For more information, visit PinwheelsforPeace.com.
Thank you to Lynda Haneman for the heads up.