Students at Driswood Elementary School recently folded their 1,000th origami crane, a project that began in December with a classroom guidance lesson about the life and death of an 11-year old Japanese girl.
Sadako Sasaki, the star of her school’s running team, became gravely ill from radiation poisoning resulting from the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WWII. She began folding cranes while in the hospital, and her friends continued after her death. The Japanese legend states that when 1,000 cranes are folded, a wish may be granted. Sadako’s friends wished for peace on earth, and on May 18, the students at Driswood Elementary also made their wish for peace on earth.
The 1,000 cranes were displayed in the cafeteria where each lunch group listened again to the meaning of the 1,000 cranes and quietly made their wish for peace on earth. The 5th grade students pictured here were diligent crane-folders throughout the school year making hundreds of the cranes that you see here.
These 1,000 cranes for peace from DES will be shipped to the Sadako Peace Memorial in Hiroshima and will become part of the hundreds of thousands of origami cranes on display there each year. For more information about the Sadako and the 1,000 Cranes, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadako_Sasaki.