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Vance Osborne, Andee Hamilton and Jimmy Schwinne stand in front of the wall of 1,000 paper cranes at Highland Park Elementary School. The third grade students helped their classmates complete the origami project.
It took nearly six months, but patience has paid off.
Third grade students at Highland Park Elementary School finished the wall of 1,000 paper cranes on May 15. The students were inspired to start the project in November after Christy Pearl, teacher, read her class the bookSadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.
The book is about a young girl who lived in Hiroshima, Japan at the time of the atomic bombing by the United States. Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia from the bombs radiation. Her goal was to make 1,000 origami (paper cranes) so she could make a wish to live.
Pearl said paper cranes are supposed to bring good luck.
Sadako could not make 1,000 paper cranes. She became too ill. Her family and friends finished the origami project.
Students in Pearls class were on board with the undertaking. The schools assessment aide June Sliker showed the students how to make the cranes. Each day for about 15 minutes, the students would make a couple cranes.
The idea caught on and students from other third grade classes wanted to participate in what became a third grade project.
“It was fun to have my friends from the other classes come to help, said student Jimmy Schwinne.
Schwinne, Vance Osborne and Andee Hamilton have become paper crane experts. They can complete a crane in three minutes.
“I love making paper cranes, said Osborne.I sometimes do it at home.
Hamilton helped make the final paper crane.
“It feels so great that we are finally finished, she said.
The students said they learned patience and teamwork from the project. They also learned to never give up.
In Hiroshima Peace Park, there is a statue of Sadako holding a paper crane. People from all over the world visit the statue and leave origami.
Pearl said the students want to send the wall of paper cranes to Japan to be displayed near the statue with all the other paper cranes. This would cost about $50 to ship the cranes overseas. The teacher said they are trying to come up with the money.
The students said they would look forward to a fourth grade school project next year.