Look for this year’s Neal Singles Memorial 5K Run to be a little more colorful than usual.
The Sept. 21 date coincides with International Peace Day and Morenci students will join in with the creation of Pinwheels for Peace. Students are constructing simple pinwheels this week and will plant them in the ground for the Sunday morning running event.
Pinwheels for Peace began as an art installation in Coconut Creek, Fla., in 2005 and the idea has spread to various locations around the globe. Last year, more than 1.2 million pinwheels were spinning in more than 2,500 locations.
Morenci Middle School teacher Jane Brasher-Garrow read about the project in an art magazine and decided it would be a great way for all three Morenci school buildings to work together.
Organizers of the international event describe it as non-political, stating that peace doesn’t have to be associated with the conflict of war. Peace can also be associated with violence and intolerance in a person’s daily life, or refer to peace of mind.
Although peace means different things to different people, Pinwheels for Peace suggests this definition: “a state of calm and serenity with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or a group of people.”
“I like the way they present it,” Mrs. Brasher-Garrow said. “It’s a good way to remember to do peaceful things. It could be as simple as sitting quietly in the woods.”
Pinwheels created by students will be placed near the finish line of the race and along the bus pickup road behind the board of education office. High school students will display their creations in front of the school.
Community members are also invited to participate. Directions for making both regular pinwheels and pin-less wheels can be found at www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/ideas.html.
Runners might be looking for calm weather Sunday morning, but a little breeze will set dozens of pinwheels into motion.