I have no clue what catagory to put this in :'D
I haven’t told you guys, but I am apart of the drawing and art clubs in my school, and we have been working on folding 1,000 paper cranes since the beginning of school. Why did we do this you ask? Well I shall tell you.
Our art teacher Mrs. Marchetti told us the background story about a Japanese girl named Sadako Sasaki who was the first girl to come up with the paper crane. Sadako was a 12 year old who wished for peace in the world. During her time, there was an atomic bomb that dropped near her home in Hiroshima, Japan. Being hospitalized for leukemia and having one year to live, she took a square shaped piece of paper, and folded it into a crane. To the ancient Japanese story, they say that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish from a crane. Sadako gathered all her friends and family, who also wished for peace on Earth, to help her make the cranes. Unfortunately, only reaching to 644, Sadako died before she could make it to 1,000. But don’t feel too sorry for her, she was able to complete her goal. Her friends and family completed the 1,000 and buried them all with her.
Mrs. Marchetti told us if we can make it up to that many paper cranes, she promised a field trip to go see a statue of Sadako Sasaki in Seattle. After months of working on this project, we made it up to 1,068 paper cranes! Keeping her promise, Mrs. Marchetti took us all to Seattle and we met up with the people that worked for the newspaper. The next day, we were featured on the front page!
Here is the article and a video of all of us if any of you are interested:
Despite the negative comments people made about us, that doesn't change the fact how much fun I've had and the knowledge I have gained from this experience. It was such an honor to be apart of this project. I had so much fun. I never thought I would be apart of something this big. I am so proud of myself and our drawing and art clubs for making it this far. From this experience, I have learned that anyone can make a difference. We have done something really great. We have shown peace just by making paper cranes, just like Sadako Sasaki once did.
In the famous words of Mrs. Marchetti, “Hopefully you’re realizing ... the diligence and enthusiasm that it took to get to this point ... shows that you have what it takes to change the world.”
also took part in this event too! Photography © Meegan M. Reid
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