North Greene High School students plan to take part in an international art and literacy project known as Pinwheels for Peace on Friday.
Students will be "planting" pinwheels with messages of peace at the school.
The International Day of Peace is observed on Sept. 21 each year, but due to Sept. 21 being on Saturday, the NGHS pinwheels will be planted on Friday, Sept. 20, at the school.
Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Fla., 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 more than 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 four million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America, a news release said.
Locally, Sherry Hensley, art instructor at NGHS, will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.
This project is non-political -- peace doesn't necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war. It can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind, the news release said.
NGHS students will create pinwheels of all shapes and sizes.
As part of the creation process, the students will write their thoughts about "war and peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others."
On the other side, they will draw, paint, collage, etc., to visually express their feelings.
For more information, go to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com or contact Sherry Hensley at NGHS.