January 30, 2020
Over the past several weeks, Bacich students have been busy folding paper cranes from colored origami paper. Led by our second graders, this Bacich tradition is in its fifth year. Children from all grade levels add to the collection of paper cranes.
The folding of the paper cranes originates from an ancient Japanese legend that promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish. Some traditional stories believe people are granted happiness and eternal good luck, instead of just one wish when 1,000 paper cranes are folded.
Leading up to the project, one classroom read, A Million Visions of Peace inspired by The Old Turtle Peace Tour in the early 1990s. The various messages collected in the story, represent a child’s vision of peace. The final collection included in the book represents over 200 messages from children across our country expressing a longing for a peaceful world. Some classes read other books about various peacemakers in our world, which generated classroom discussions about how each of us can contribute to a peaceful world.
Last week, 1,000 paper cranes were proudly hung outside the Bacich Community Center. The Bacich students’ wish is for peace and unity in our world with our 2020 collection of paper cranes. We hope you’ll come by and take a look!