Did you know that September 21 is the United Nations International Day of Peace? This year we found a great way to learn about and celebrate the Day of Peace.
We are participating in the Peace Crane Project. Earlier this year we read the true story of Sadako, the Japanese girl who became sick after the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima in World War II (you can read the story of Sadako on traditional Japanese kamishibai cards here). We learned that the origami paper cranes she made in the hospital have come to symbolize the wish for peace in the world. Through the Peace Crane Project, kids all over the world exchange origami cranes and learn a little bit about one another. We sign a pledge to help make the world a more peaceful place.
We became partners with Lalaji Memorial Omega International School in Chennai, India. We learned to fold origami cranes by watching a video on the Peace Crane Project website, and soon we had over 50 of them made! Here is a Snapguide showing the steps we followed to fold the cranes:
Then we wrote poems and letters for our partners in India. They had asked us several questions about our school, and one of them was, “What is special about your school?” Here’s one of our responses:
We are proud of our school and our community. We are a Four Peaks family.We here at our school have a saying: ”Four Peaks pride is hard to hide.” We also have wonderful teachers that will do anything to keep us safe. We have lots of technology to help us learn. We have a giant playground to play on. We also see a lot of critters like javelinas, snakes, tarantulas, scorpions, and all kinds of interesting insects. Our school mascot is a desert animal, the roadrunner. We think our school is a very special place.
After we finished our letters, we packaged them up with our cranes and sent them off to India! We hope they have a safe trip, and can’t wait to hear back from our new friends! You can click on this link to see a map showing all the classes that are participating in the Peace Crane Project. Can you find our class flag?
Are you doing anything to celebrate the International Day of Peace?