by Hailey Zheng and Hana Ulep
The tradition of making paper cranes has been in place since the 1950s. The origin of this custom was based off of the story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who lived in Hiroshima, Japan, post-bombing of World War II. At twelve years of age, she was diagnosed with leukemia, and her friends and family helped her fold 1,000 paper cranes. The legend states that once 1,000 cranes are folded and strung, a wish is granted. Sadako’s wish was to live, but unfortunately, she passed away.
This year, the Asian Club, is honoring this tradition by folding 1,000 paper cranes. So far, we have folded about 500. The goal is to fold and string them up around the school by December 18, the day before winter break begins. Once all the cranes are folded, a beautiful arrangement of the cranes will be hung in the halls of Santa Barbara Junior High School, for all the students to look upon during the school day. If you want to stop by room 102 (Ms. Garza’s room) on Fridays at lunch, we have plenty of room for more to join and help us do origami, as well as participating in other fun Asian activities like watching interesting Asian movies, celebrating Asian holidays, feasting on delicious Asian food, and many more activities to spend your lunch time on. Our small club is working very hard to achieve our goal of folding 1,000 cranes, but we need some help along the way. We accept any and all help with folding these cranes, and would love for more people to experience the fun of folding the cranes and participating in honoring the Asian culture.
If you know how to fold cranes (if you don’t, Asian Club can help you), helping the club fold just one or two cranes can help. Any form of paper crane donation is appreciated. If you join the club, you can help in the journey to fold 1,000 paper cranes, and gain the pride of knowing that you helped out with this task once all the cranes are hung up in the halls. Make sure to spread the word of this project, and do what you can to help out because it is a beautiful project that will make everybody feel connected to the Asian culture when they look up at the artwork hanging in the halls.