1000 Origami Cranes Project for Peace

A fifth grader will be leading our Cranbury community in a very special project for peace. Massimo Ruffo will show us how to make origami cranes which we will send to Japan.

Here's Massimo to explain why:

The Paper Crane Project

The idea for the Paper Crane Project all started when Mrs. Myles gave us the opportunity to make Origami rabbits, foxes, whales and penguins. Then one day soon after, I met a UConn professor who told me the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. Sadako was a two-year-old living in Hiroshima when the Atomic Bomb dropped. Many of her neighbors died. Ten years later, she started getting sick and doctors told her she had “the Atomic Bomb Disease”, or what we know as Leukemia, a type of cancer. There are a couple of versions of the story, but basically Sadako was told while in the hospital, that if she made 1000 paper cranes, she could make a wish to make her healthy again. Unfortunately, Sadako did not reach the goal of 1000 paper cranes, but her friends and family completed them in her honor. In her memory, her brother made a monument at the Hiroshima Peace Park. People from all over the world send paper cranes to the Child’s Peace Monument in honor of Sadako. I thought that this year, as a school, we could make 1000 paper cranes to wish for not only peace to children in the world, but in our own country. There has been so much violence in schools and our community. We will then send the cranes to Hiroshima Peace Park to represent Cranbury. We could also have a goal of 1959 paper cranes to symbolize the year Cranbury opened.

Here are some links to more information about Sadako and the 1000 paper crane project:



Here is a video from Massimo on how to make an origami crane:

3rd through 5th graders will make the cranes in school and we will send home paper with any interested K-2 student so their families can try and complete as many cranes as possible at home.

Please help support Massimo and Cranbury school in this amazing project for peace!

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