The students at Alvah Scott Elementary recognized International Day of Peace and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on Monday, September 21, by hanging paper cranes and a personal wish for peace across the school. This event started when grade 5 students read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. The students learned about World War II and the bombing in Hiroshima. The students then learned how Sadako’s brother shared her spirit by donating one of her cranes to the World Trade Center Visitor Center after the events of 9/11.
The grade 5 students then visited other classes throughout the school to share what they learned, and to teach other students how to fold a crane or to help younger students color a crane. The event culminated with all students hanging their cranes across campus. The cranes will be later hung in the cafeteria to remind us of our wishes for peace.