Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Teaching Peace

Susan at Just...a moment turned me onto blog carnival hosted by Bridget Chumbley and Peter Pollock. Bridget is participating in a challenge in which she hopes to raise $100 for World Vision for Haiti by 9 PM PST. I'd like to help her reach her goal by contributing a post on Peace.
Just yesterday, I photographed some of the children of Miss Montuori's 4B Class from Parliament Place Elementary School at Babylon Town Hall. These students, their teacher, and most of the elementary school took part in a Peace project that had the whole school making origami paper cranes.
Miss Montuori's class read the book Sadako by Eleanor Coerr, a story of a young Japanese girl who died of leukemia as a result of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
Japanese legend states that if one makes 1,000 paper cranes, a special wish will come true.
In the book, Sadako tried to reach this goal before she dies, but fails. The students finish for her, their wish is Peace in the World.
Parliament Place Students are on a mission to gather 1000 origami cranes to send to our troops by Memorial Day, May 31. They asked the Town Supervisor to hang some of the cranes at Town Hall along with their story in hopes that others will help them reach their goal.
The students told the story to the town councilwomen, town Clerk and Town Supervisor all who were there as the cranes were hung from the ceiling.


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Anonymous said...

Steve, thanks for helping spread the word and for your participation in the carnival.
What a great story!

S. Etole said...

Really appreciate this ... you have a generous heart ...

Anonymous said...

a carnival, teachers, origami crains, a japanese girl, students, reaching to hang crains, reaching for a goal, reaching for peace.

M.L. Gallagher said...

Love this story. And... synchronicity abounds. We just mounted a play with clients from the homeless shelter where I work. One of the things we did was, one girl didn't want a speaking part, so she made cranes -- she aimed for 1000 and is at about 400. On them, she printed the names of those who had died on our streets.

thanks for this post!