The task was simple:
1. Find/make and upload a photo of an origami paper crane
2. Upload that photo along with a message of support to the Facebook page “Paper Cranes for Japan.”
3. Mail your paper cranes to Students Rebuild to trigger $2 for each crane. The goal? 100,000 cranes received will raise $200,000 to support Architecture for Humanity’s plan to support the rebuilding efforts of Japanese architects.
Why cranes? Cranes are sacred creatures in Japanese culture. According to ancient legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish—like long life or recovery from illness—by a crane.
Robinson Rangers met the task and set forth to learn about Japan, their art and their culture. Students were inspired to send hundreds of cranes for Japan and in the process learned how they can make a difference. Fourth grade students were so inspired that the project started showing up in their language arts classes in the form of Poetry for Japan!
The entire school was involved in the Paper Cranes for Japan and the experience had a huge impact both on the student's understanding of world events, the understanding of how students can make a difference in the world, and gaining a global understanding of other cultures.
Today a video was shared that encapsulated the diverse use and places the cranes have gone in the last year. Take a moment to travel with our Paper Cranes for Japan: The Journey of Two Million Cranes.
I am so proud of my students for their efforts last year in this project and hope they will continued to make a difference in the world one fold at a time!
Today March 14,2012 Google has an origami inspired doodle: A doodle ode to origami master Akira Yoshizawa.
More about Yoshizawa & creating the doodle:
The NY Times also wrote an article about the origami master: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/02/arts/design/02yoshizawa.html
Here is some of the work my students created last spring in response to the events in Japan: