Paper cranes from St. Mary's Academy deliver hope

In February, the sixth grade students of St. Mary's Academy listened to the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes during their library class.

This true story is about Sadako Sasaki, a young Japanese girl who developed leukemia after the atom bomb was dropped in her hometown of Hiroshima, and a Japanese legend that says if you make a thousand paper cranes, you will be granted a wish. Because of this story, the paper crane has become a symbol of peace and hope, said St. Mary's Librarian Kelly McCann.

Once they started the project, students at St. Mary's were asked what they wanted to do with the cranes, and a suggestion was made to present some to the students of B.A. at St. Charles, which had been scheduled to close.

Originally, it was calculated that 15 weeks were needed to complete the project. However, students had such a passion for the Paper Crane Peace Project, that in just 50 days, they made more than 1,000 paper cranes, McCann said. "The students also decided to send some cranes to the people of Japan and the Golisano Children's Hospital," she added.

On Tuesday April 12, the sixth grade class of St. Mary's Academy, their teacher, Sr. Bernadette Kupris and McCann, went to St. Charles and presented each student, faculty and staff member with an origami paper crane. All of these cranes were made by the sixth graders and McCann.

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