ADRIAN, Mich. - Students at Adrian Middle School created and displayed about 400 pinwheels in the school foyer recently as part of a "whirled peace" project, according to The Toledo Blade.

The Blade reported that the "Pinwheels for Peace Project" began in 2005 with two Florida art teachers, and has spread to thousands of sites worldwide.

Adrian art teacher Michael Brink told The Blade that rainy weather prevented Adrian's fifth- and sixth-graders from planting the pinwheels outdoors, so they displayed them in the building. Brink said the project went well with school lessons on respect and bullying, The Blade reported.

According to the Pinwheels for Peace Project Web site, the campaign is not intended as a political statement, The Blade reported.

"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 Web site states.

SOURCE:
The Toledo Blade, "Pinwheel project puts artistic spin on 'whirled peace,'" Sept. 22, 2009

FURTHER READING:
Michigan Education Report, "Public and private schools share faculty for electives," Sept. 6, 2006

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