About 70 pinwheels lined the main entrance of Christian Brothers Academy last Friday as part of an international art and literacy project called "Pinwheels for Peace." Seventh grade art teacher Robyn Butterfield spearheaded the local link after learning about it through an art education group online.
"I didn't really give [the students] a lot of direction," Butterfield said, explaining that she wanted the kids to come up with ideas of peace and harmony on their own. They would then create their concepts on the paper pinwheels that were planted in front of the school. A popular theme among the seventh graders was anti-war, Butterfield said.
Pinwheels for Peace started in 2005 as a way for students to express their feelings about what's going on in the world and in their lives. Last year, more than 1 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 2,350 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
Although this was the first year CBA participated, Butterfield said she plans to make the project an annual event.