Since our school follows a project-based learning model, our students carry out a wide variety of projects. Typically, projects come to life through a similar process: students get inspired by an idea, browse the internet for background research, write a project proposal, and dive head-first into a creative project.
This week, two students have been hard at work creating 1,000 paper cranes. After learning some basic origami with their advisory, they were encouraged by their advisor to read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes as a response to their ongoing conversation about hope and empathy. The book explains that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane. Some stories even believe you are granted eternal good luck, instead of just one wish.
Excited to challenge themselves, these two students gathered paper and string and started making cranes. Other students were intrigued and agreed to help with the project. Cranes now decorate our school in all colors, patterns, and sizes.