Members of the Timberland High School Art Club planted over 1,200 pinwheels around the exterior of their school on September 21st in recognition of International Day of Peace. The pinwheels were created by Timberland students, staff and families in conjunction with “Pinwheels for Peace,” a project that was initiated in 2005 by two art teachers in Florida as a way for students to express how they felt about what was going on in the world around them. Timberland art students have participated in the project for the past ten years. Timberland Art Club students work under the instruction of Fine Arts Department Chair Crystal Wing. “It feels great being able to have this visual display of peace with so much happening in our community lately,” shared Wing. “So many people came together to make this project happen again this year.” The Wentzville Walmart donated all of the supplies for this project.
Last year, Pinwheels for Peace organizers estimate over 4.5 million pinwheels were displayed world-wide on the same day in multiple countries. “In today’s world, peace needs to be more than just a word,” is the motto shared on the project webpage, www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.