I am an active member of our community's small Reform Jewish congregation. My son attended the Temple's religious school during his youth. My son is now grown, but as I said, our congregation is small, so I still know the people involved with the Temple's religious school. The current principal of the religious school just happens to also be the mom of a group of adorable young triplets, who also just happen to share a birthday with my son, though 19 years apart. When I proposed the Pinwheels for Peace project to her, she was enthusiastic, and so, during the first religious school class of the school year, the kids learned about the project, discussed the meaning of the word Peace (as defined from the Pinwheels for Peace website: "a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people") and decorated their pinwheel paper. There are only approximately 20 kids in the school, so I brought home the artwork and assembled the pinwheels for the following class.
Here is the youngest class, with their teacher (who happens to be a former religious school classmate of my son!) and a teenage helper. They are working very hard on their pinwheels.
The two girls in the front of the photo above are two-thirds of the triplets, and the third triplet is this handsome young man below. Besides sharing birthdays with my son, his first name is also the same as my son's! What a fun coincidence! Nice coloring job!
More youngsters, hard at work.
Above: In front of the sukkah, getting ready to 'plant'.
(That's me in the dark pink, and that's our Rabbi on the left. )
Above, two young sisters take turns proudly planting their pinwheels.
Below, one of the triplets enjoys a little time to run with her pinwheel!
As a matter of fact, all the kids enjoyed running time, watching their pinwheels spin!
Next year, we'll do it again; bigger and better!! I'm looking into materials for making weather-proof pinwheels.