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A gesture of peace

It takes 16 folds to create just one paper origami crane; art teacher Andrea Justiniano’s students will repeat that process about 5,000 times.

“We’ve already made about a thousand,” said the Johnson Middle School art teacher.

A class discussion about the dangers of nuclear war led to a talk about Hiroshima and a legend which came from the ashes of the burned-out Japanese city.

The legend claims that folding 1,000 origami cranes will lead to the fulfillment of a wish. A little girl in Japan named Sakuro Sasaki wished to be healed of the leukemia she developed from her exposure to the atomic bombing of Hiroshima; she died after only finishing 644. Her schoolmates finished the cranes for her and buried her with them, according to the legend.

Justiniano’s art classes along with two other local schools are making 10,000 cranes to send to the Hiroshima Peace Park where the Children’s monument rests of a child holding an origami crane.