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SES students fold 1,000 paper cranes to give to classmate

Staff reports

If you fold 1,000 cranes, you get your wish. The wishes of the students in the 4-5-6 multi-age group class taught by Keri Pommerening should be getting those wishes soon.

The students read the book, “Sadako and the 1,000 Paper Cranes” at the beginning of the school year in July 1998, and decided that they would fold 1,000 paper cranes before school was out.

The book is based on the story of an actual young Japanese girl, who had cancer as the result of the bombing of Hiroshima at the end of World War II. She believed the Japanese legend that if she folded 1,000 cranes, she would get her wish.

Of course, she died from her disease, which makes the book all that more poignant to students.

The children exceeded their goal and presented the cranes to a student in their class on Wednesday as a surprise. The students were caught up in the project, and many of them worked at home on their vacations to make their cranes.

“I had boxes of paper cranes,” Pommerening said.

The children followed the pattern for the paper crane from a book on origami, the Japanese art of paper folding.

The cranes were presented to Brandon Winberg, who is confined to a wheelchair.