For the past four years KES has participated in the "whirled peace project", Pinwheels for Peace. While I love seeing all the pinwheels displayed together, I usually end up putting together around 400-500 of the pinwheels myself. This would be worth it if we could display them the way they are intended, which is "planted" outside the school to display and show our support for the program. This has shown to be very difficult EVERY year. Texas is so hot and dry, it is impossible to get the pencils in the ground with out breaking every pinwheel. I've tried other display ideas and it just never seems to do it for me. While I love this idea of doing artwork to promote peace, I just needed another art project. It is great for talking about not only peace around the world, but for elementary students it really helps to talk about peace a little closer to home. We discuss bully behavior at school, peace in the community and at home, they can relate to that a little more. So, this year we did a dove theme, the universal symbol of peace and all 30 classes created one bird for the class collaboratively. Each class had to use a line, shape or symbol that hadn't been used to fill the stencil. Then they chose a peaceful word to add to the bottom of their picture. I think they turned out really great.