2008-09-26 / Community

Locals Make 'Pinwheels For Peace' Project A Success

The Rockaway Museum in collaboration with PS/MS 105 celebrated the United Nations' International Peace Day, September 21, by hosting free workshops at three Rockaway libraries, where participants created pinwheels and decorated them with words of peace and colorful designs.

Pinwheels for Peace, an art installation project started in 2005 by Florida art teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, provides students the opportunity to express their views about what is going on in the world and in their lives. Locally, Norma Allende, an art teacher at PS/MS 105, has adopted the program and encouraged local schools to participate in the project which attracted participants of all ages. The pinwheels created by PS/MS 105 students were planted in the school's garden. Students at PS 47 created 253 pinwheels for the project and planted their pinwheels in the school's garden. Poems for peace were recited by each grade during the planting.

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