We were so fortunate to have Mrs. Sessler teach an origami lesson to each of the fourth grade classes. She shared about her Japanese heritage, showed us her mother's artistry, told the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, and lead all the students through the steps to make an origami paper crane. This was such a meaningful experience for all our students. Thank you so much for sharing your talents and culture, Mrs. Sessler!
The fourth graders signed a big thank you origami crane for Mrs. Sessler.
Dryden students participated in the Students Rebuild project to help Japan after the earthquake. by folding paper cranes and mailing them to the foundation. Each crane would trigger funding for recovery and reconstruction from the Bezos Family Foundation.
The goal was 100,000 cranes, which would trigger $200,000 to fund Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in the devastated Tohoku region of Japan. The response—an incredible 2 million cranes from young people in 38 countries worldwide and all 50 U.S. states—exceeded our wildest hopes.
Wowed by the global outpouring of support for Japan, celebrated artist Vik Muniz generously donated his time, his vision and his creativity to produce a magnificent piece of original artwork using thousands of the cranes. "It's alchemic," said Vik Muniz, in The New York Times Sunday Magazine story. "It worked because everyone wanted to help."
Watch the video below to learn more about the project, the art installation, and the artist who volunteered to help. We purchased the poster and have it hung in the hallway. It is so detailed that you can probably find your own paper crane in the image.