“Our Lady of Grace Catholic Academy preschoolers Avery Beeller and Payton Creger get ready to plant their “pinwheels for peace” on Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, on the lawn at 18th Avenue and 6th Street in East Moline.
About 85 students at the academy created pinwheels to inspire “Whirled Peace.”
The effort is part of an international art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace 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 with about 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. Last year, more than 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America.”