3,700 Paper Cranes Set for Delivery to Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday, June 4, 2014

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Folding for Good for Franklin Regional*: Keep on going, people care!

photo-8On Wednesday, June 4, 2012, I will present Franklin Regional High School Principal Ronald Suvak and his staff with around 3,700 strung paper cranes in support of the school community which was rocked on April 9 when a sophomore student went on a “stabbing and slashing spree” injuring 20 students and a security guard.

Folding for Good for Franklin Regional is our initiative to join with other paper folders to create 1,000 paper cranes for Franklin Regional. Japanese tradition suggests that the folding of 1,000 origami cranes grants the recipient a wish. Folding for Good for Franklin Regional netted 3,700 origami cranes from folders in Ireland, Germany, and eight of the United States—more than triple what we had hoped for.

On April 11, in launching this initiative, I wrote, “Like other instances of random, senseless violence unleashed on unsuspecting students embarking on an ordinary day in school buildings, I am not at all sure that full explanations or true motives will ever be completely understood. I do know that, in the aftermath, a lot of healing needs to happen. We can help by creating a tangible token of group concern. We are folding origami peace cranes for the Franklin Regional High School Community.”

Thanks to everyone who supported this initiative. Each crane was donated and the folders themselves footed the cost of postage to Pittsburgh. Student organizers put up tables in school cafeterias, libraries, GATE classrooms, and Girl Scout meetings. Other students hosted “fold-ins” at their homes. The Pitt Origami Club folded cranes at their last meeting of Spring term during finals week. photo-9Individuals created original centerpieces and Franklin Regional Panther logo cranes. One complete, matched senbazuru strung with faith, hope and love beads was created by a single person.

Around 2,100 of the cranes came in “loose.” I ironed, fluffed, sorted and strung all; some are grouped into themes of sorts: there’s a “doodle strand,” strands in Franklin Regional school colors, matching pair strands of big and little cranes, the message strand, floral strands, and plenty of colorful rainbow strands. I ordered some custom stickers for the tails of the many completed strands.

Some people wrote wishes on the wings of their cranes. Here are a few sentiments from student folders:

  • Stay Strong;
  • Remember, for every one thing bad, 2 good things will come;
  • Talking with quiet confidence beats screaming with insecurity;
  • Have faith, things will get better;
  • It’s not what we are that makes the world, it’s what we aren’t;
  • The love in the world is always more powerful than the hate;
  • Be the change you want to see in the world; and
  • Keep on going, people care.

I also kept a scrapbook of every note sent in along with a list of everyone who participated for our friends at FR. See, www.facebook.com/notes/origami-salami/folding-for-good-for-franklin-regional/787650054580497

Each faculty member will receive a specially strung crane or crane pair with a note explaining this initiative, and there will be around 22 extras in case those who were injured would like one.

And so will end the eventful school year at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

Thank you all. We have done something good.

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photo-6*Folding for Good for Franklin Regional is coordinated by Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, Founder & CEO ofOrigami Salami and Folding for Good, which currently comprises 16 chapters on four continents. Origami Salami is a student movement mobilizing people as advocates for STEAM studies through the fun of origami; Folding for Good is an initiative to engineer creative ways to Do Good with it.

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