Amour Cooper and Elise Larsen looking at the 1,000 cranes made by Highland Elementary students.
Little hands have been busy lately at Highland and Sunnycrest Elementary schools making colorful paper cranes, filled with good wishes, to send to children in Japan.
The crane project was championed by Mrs. Kiyoko Nelson who has a second grade student attending Highland Elementary. She also has family in Tokyo and knows firsthand the devastating toll the earthquake and tsunami have had on the people of Japan.
Nelson shared, “In teaching the children to make these cranes, and to fill them with their wishes of compassion and promise, I hope that they will remember this day, and help them to understand other people and conditions in the world.”
On Thursday, April 21, the tree of 1,000 cranes was officially handed off to officials from the Port of Everett.
They have volunteered to oversee safe delivery to Ishinomaki City where they will be held on displayed until they can be transported to Kazuma Elementary School. Ishinomaki Port is official Sister Port to Everett.
Kazuma Elementary School is currently housing 1,700 evacuees from the hardest hit area of Japan, Ishinomaki City. The school, located 10 miles from the reported epicenter, lost a significant number of children in the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
Along with the 1,000 cranes will be poems and haiku written by Lake Stevens students.
An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish.
It is the children’s hope that the delivery of this gift of 1,000 cranes will brighten the day for the children of Kazuma School and community.