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Pinwheels For Peace Comes To Ryan School

Sep 28, 2016 09:50PM ● By Theresa Gilman

Pinwheels for Peace

(Editor's Note: this content was provided by the Tewksbury Public Schools and supplemented with additional content from The Lowell Sun.)

The Tewksbury Public Schools held Pinwheels for Peace on September 21st, 2016. The program was conducted and led by Ryan School staff Melissa Lane, Kathleen Anderson, Robin Reading and Margie Weidknecht. 

Pinwheels for Peace is an art-installation project started in 2005 by two Florida art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. In 2005, groups in more than 1,300 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on Sept. 21, with about 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world.

Last year, the sixth year, there were more than 3.5 million pinwheels spinning in more than 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Ryan students created pinwheels of all shapes and sizes. As part of the creation process, they then wrote their thoughts about war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheel. On the other side, they drew, painted, collaged, etc., to visually express their feelings.

The students assembled the pinwheels and on the International Day of Peace, Sept. 20, they "planted" their pinwheels in the courtyard as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.

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