The Bayou is Inspired

Have you found an origami crane around school, in your house, or in the refrigerator section of your grocery store? Did the crane bring a message of peace? Maybe a message that said, “have fun, have confidence,” or “you are awesome.”

Last week, the third and fourth grade students read the book Sadako and The Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr, a fictional retelling of the true story of Sadako Saski. Sadako was two years old and was living in Hiroshima when the United States dropped the atomic bomb. When she was 12, she developed leukemia from being exposed to the radiation.

Sadako was inspired to fold origami paper cranes by the Japanese legend that said if you fold 1,000 cranes, you will be granted a wish. Her wish was to live. In the book, Sadako folded 644 before she became too weak to fold more cranes. Her friends and family helped her finish her dream by folding the rest of the cranes.

In class, we talked about the impact of the atom bomb and the historical significance for Japan and the USA, past and present.

Our Students Decide to Make Cranes
Many students were inspired to make Origami cranes. We started folding. A few of the students already knew how to make them–I needed to make about 5 of them to re-learn how. We are still making cranes. Students are teaching each other, donating the lightweight Origami paper, andadding to our growing collection.

One student estimated that we have made around 200 cranes already. We have begun to learn about the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and are excited to start spreading our message of Peace through our cranes.

Students Wanted to Spread Kind Words
Students decided to write kind words, words of encouragement, words of peace and love on the cranes. They are leaving them throughout the school and their community. I know there is a crane in a couple of book swap houses and probably in a few refrigerator units at grocery stores. We are all going to try to spread our messages and hope the colorful cranes catch people’s eye and bring a smile. We will continue to learn about and discuss other peace making efforts in our communities and other communities.