Messages of peace emanated from the front lawn of Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS), spun out onto the wind from hundreds of brightly decorated pinwheels.
CORNWALL, Ontario -Messages of peace emanated from the front lawn of Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School (CCVS) Friday, spun out onto the wind from hundreds of brightly decorated pinwheels.
The venerable high school participated for the first time in the international Pinwheels for Peace project. The project saw 315 brightly decorated paper pinwheels, all created by students and staff and bearing their individual messages of peace, planted on the lawn to mark International Day of Peace, which fell on Saturday.
“Pinwheels for Peace is a global celebration,” said Betty Carter-Edwards, a visual arts teacher at CCVS who spearheaded the local initiative. “This is an art project and a writing project where students get a chance to express their ideas about peace and what it means to them.”
The idea behind the project, founded by two art teachers in Coconut Creek, Florida in 2005, is that the pinwheels will spin and send messages of peace around the world on the wind. The movement is non-political and is designed to encourage students to reflect on the nature of peace and what it means to them. Last year, more than four million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including in the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Locally, members of the CCVS Art Club, Interact Club, and Link Crew helped Carter-Edwards coordinate the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
The messages CCVS students and staff sent through their pinwheels varied from gun control slogans such as “Guns don’t make war, people make war” to messages about the peace that friendship brings or the love that an animal affords to its owner.
Students said they enjoyed the project because it offered valuable lessons about the nature of peace.
“It showed us that we can express peace in different ways including friendship,” said Fareha Sultan, a Grade 12 student at CCVS.
The display remained on the front lawn for the day. The pinwheels will be returned to students to keep as mementoes of the event.