Girl Scouts of Warren County will be busy over the next three weeks trying to make at least 100 pinwheels to be placed on The Lot in honor of peace, with a challenge to the community to match it.
“This is our third consecutive year of participating in the Pinwheels for Peace project,” said Yolanda Scott, the service unit manager in Warren County.
This year, the celebration is also recognizing a milestone as Girl Scouts USA is celebrating 100 years.
“We hope to honor that by planting at least 100 pinwheels,” said Scott. “We are inviting the community to plant 100, or even more, pinwheels as well.”
The Pinwheels for Peace project was started by art teachers at a Florida school as a way for students to creatively express their views about peace as part of International Day of Peace.
“This is not political,” said Scott. “The pinwheels symbolize the peace of being together with family, the state of being calm and free from conflict, or the joy of a soldier returning home from duty.”
Pinwheels should be handmade. On one side of the pinwheel paper, children write about what peace means to them. It can be a poem, prose, haiku, or even a single word. On the other side, they draw, paint, collage or add stickers. The pinwheels are hooked to sharpened pencils and “planted” by a sign that explains who placed them and why.
When the request was made to McMinnville officials to allow use of The Lot for placing the pinwheels, officials hesitated to keep the 100 theme going. Rental fee for reserving use of The Lot is $100.
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we have charged everybody for using The Lot,” said McMinnville Mayor Norman Rone. “I just thought I would bring that up to see what you would want to do. It is the Girl Scouts.”
The discussion was held last week.
“Don’t look at me, I’m not charging the Girl Scouts,” said Alderman Billy Wood.
Alderman Junior Medley made a motion to allow the Girl Scouts to use the area without charge, which was passed unanimously by Rone, Wood, Medley, Vice Mayor Everett Brock, and Aldermen Jimmy Haley, Clair Cochran and Rick Barnes.
Girl Scouts have until Sept. 19 to make their pinwheels, while local residents can make one or purchase one. The first “planting” will be held that day at 5:30 p.m. on The Lot. Pinwheels will remain there until Sept. 25 to give residents a chance to view the display or add a pinwheel.
For more information about Pinwheels for Peace or how to make one, visit www.pinwheelsforpeace.com.