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Saugus imagines ‘whirled’ peace

High school students participate in international installation project of creating pinwheels

Posted: September 22, 2009 10:22 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Saugus High School World Language and Art classes participated in an international art project called Pinwheels for Peace. The students created hundreds of pinwheels and displayed them on campus.

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Saugus High School World Language and Art classes on Sept. 11 took part in an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by planting pinwheels with messages of peace on the Saugus High School quad.

Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives.

In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on Sept. 21 - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world.

Last year, more than 2.3 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,000 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

Saugus High School World Language and Art classes created pinwheels as part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace, tolerance, living in harmony with others" and made drawings, painted, collages, etc. to visually express their feelings.

Saugus High Spanish teacher Jackie Riedeman coordinated the local effort.

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