The first thing most people notice when driving up to Rosewood Elementary is the field. Usually bare, Friday morning the field had a huge white circle in the middle.
It’s art. Second grade students at Rosewood Elementary International School participated in the Pinwheel for Peace program by drawing symbols of peace and love on paper pinwheels and placing them together on the field in the shape of a large peace sign. The display was created to recognize the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
“My goal for the students was for them to create a brightly colored pinwheel design that would include some of the visual symbols and words that made them think of peace,” said Kirstin Odum, art teacher at Rosewood. Music notes, rainbows, hearts and crosses covered the pinwheels.
“We wanted them to know that art can come in many forms,” said principal Stephanie DiStasio.
DiStasio says the students are learning to take action on a local level to global issues. It’s part of the “international-mindedness” that she wants Rosewood students to have.
This is the first year that Rosewood Elementary has done the Pinwheel for Peace. Last year, 900 Sullivan Middle School students formed a giant peace sign on the field.
The large peace sign was presented to the school at the end of the day.
International Day of Peace, or Peace Day, was established by the United Nations in 1981 to devote a day to strengthening the ideals of peace and love, within the country and the world. The theme for 2014 is “Rights of Peoples to Peace,” which recognizes the 30th United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Right of Peoples to Peace.
The Pinwheel for Peace art project began in 2005 by retired Florida teachers Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan to allow children to express their thoughts and feelings about national and foreign news. The pinwheel at Rosewood is one of four million created throughout the world this year for Peace Day.