First Montessori School of Atlanta Students Celebrate Peace Day | Events
SANDY SPRINGS, GA -- Although the international peace symbol is older than their parents, students at First Montessori School of Atlanta incorporated it into their artwork for Pinwheels for Peace. On Sept. 21, students, ages 6-14, placed approximately 200 pinwheels in front of their campus to mark the International Day of Peace. FMSA is located at 5750 Long Island Drive in Atlanta.
Started in 2005 by two Florida teachers, Pinwheels for Peace has grown substantially over the years. Children and adults planted 3 million pinwheels around the world in 2009. "This project is an excellent way for students to express their feelings about what is going on around the world and in their lives," says Jerri King, head of schools at First Montessori School of Atlanta. "Global awareness and mutual respect are two of the school's core values. Pinwheels for Peace is not a political statement. Pinwheels remind us of a time as children when things were simple, joyful and peaceful."
Art teacher Theresa Dean coordinated the FMSA project. Students wrote their thoughts about war, peace, tolerance and living in harmony with others on one side of the pinwheel. On the other side, they drew, painted or collaged something that expresses their feelings. Imagination, creativity and a mild breeze are the only requirements. "The pinwheels spinning in the wind will hopefully spread thoughts and feelings about peace throughout the country and the world," explains Dean.
Artist Gerald Holtom designed the peace symbol in 1958 for the British nuclear disarmament movement. The International Day of Peace was established by a United Nations resolution in 1981. Sept. 21 was declared the permanent date in 2002.
First Montessori School of Atlanta is the Southeast's oldest Montessori school. It serves the needs of children ages 18 months to 14 years. For more information, go to www.firstmontessori.org.