Oakwood Freshmen Use Paper Cranes Display to Wish for World Peace
Oakwood Freshmen Use Paper Cranes Display to Wish for World Peace

Oakwood Freshman Melanie Chipman had an idea to connect the Oakwood high school community. She was inspired by a play she had watched about Sadako Sasaki, a radiation victim from the Hiroshima bombing. Sadako was diagnosed with cancer and decided to fold 1,000 paper cranes (or orizuru, as they're called in Japanese) to wish for world peace.

Melanie's thought was, "...with all that has been happening in the world with the virus and political unrest, it might be neat if we as a school folded 1,000 paper cranes."

So Melanie demonstrated how to fold a paper crane for both on-campus and remote students during a 9th Grade Advisory class. Oakwood Freshmen then folded paper cranes and brought them to campus so that they can be strung up and displayed in the Student Center, the way they do in the memorial park in Japan.

Melanie's leadership on this project exemplifies Oakwood's expectation that our students demonstrate compassionate citizenship. We are proud of Melanie and the rest of the Oakwood freshmen class for being community contributors and striving towards world peace.