Folding for Good for Franklin Regional*: Keep on going, people care!
On 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. Individuals 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.
*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.
He Does It Again! Owen Byrne, Origami Salami Ridgewood(Queens) New York City, folds 1,000 Origami Cranes, for Folding for Good!
When the call goes out to Fold for Good, Owen Byrne, President, Origami Salami Queens, New York City, answers big. He folded 1,000 for Operation Sandy Hook and answered with an encore for, “Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.” This time, he also strung his army of 1,000 and accented with a top ring of silver beads reading, “Peace; Hope; Love.” There is a white leader crane crowning the top. Do one good deed a day….or maybe a thousand when you make the time for it.
Here are Owen’s thoughts about Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.
Since I’m a firm believer in doing one good deed a day for others, it was an easy decision for me to participate in the Franklin Regional High School OS Project.
It took me two weeks and all of my free time, which I don’t have a lot of: between homework, research projects, saxophone and piano practice for concerts, scouting and few more activities, I had to stay up late quite a few nights to fold cranes.
Folding the 1000 cranes for FRHS meant a lot to me. I know that I can’t prevent violence in schools, but what I can do is to promote peace – that is what I want to achieve by making these peace cranes ‘armies’ for those schools which experience such sadness.
At first, my plan was to just make simple Senbazuru, but when I was at the craft store to get plain beads and string for it, I found beads with peace, hope, love words on them, and at that moment I knew I had to include them in my Senbazuru.
For me, peace in my design stands for: all kids deserve to grow up in a peaceful and happy environment. Schools should be a safe place for all.
Love stands for: show respect towards one other and be nice to the people around you.
Hope stands for: no more violence in schools. Hope that somebody will notice troubled kids and help them before they use violence as a way to be seen or heard.
As I was folding the cranes, I was thinking about the life story of Sadako Sasaki and her words: “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”
Peace to You,
Origami Salami Manhattan stages fold-a-thon; Dalton School students contribute 231 cranes to “Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.”
By Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, Founder and CEO, Origami Salami and Folding for Good
Groups of students at the Dalton School, Manhattan, pulled together to contribute 231 origami cranes to our initiative, “Folding for Good for Franklin Regional.” A friendly fold-a-thon hosted by Origami Salami President Dylan Lee netted 161 cranes—not only did the kids fold and have a great time, but they also listened to pop music and sang Frozen’s “Let it Go” at some point! The Asian Culture Club contributed another 70 cranes to cap off the effort at 231 cranes.
Extra thanks to Roxanne Hsu Feldman, Dalton School faculty; Aaron Erlanger, Atticus Lee, Auggie Bhavsar, Nathaniel Ting, Nikolas Ramirez, William Nam, and Leo Small; and to Dylan’s awesome Mom, Emmie Lee.
Special touch: cranes personalized with initials and “NYC.”
Thank you Dylan and Team Origami Salami Manhattan!
By Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz, Origami Salami and Folding for Good
Yesterday, just before the bell sounded for first class at Franklin Regional High School in Western Pennsylvania, a sophomore student went on a “slashing spree,” stabbing 21 fellow students and a security guard before being subdued. At least one student is reported in critical condition, and others have undergone surgeries.
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. Our goal is to collect 1,000. Please feel free to write any message or wish on your crane. I’ll keep a list of everyone who participates, so be sure to identify yourself in any way that seems comfortable—full name, initials, age, hometown….whatever seems right to you. If you do not wish to identify yourself, that’s OK too.
Mailing, especially international mail, can become quite expensive. I suggest mailing the cranes folded flat then placed in an envelope. I can fluff them up and string them. If you want to string your own, the strand can still mail flat if you make a circle with it. If mailing is just too costly, then email a photo and I will post it to a photo gallery.
We Fold for Good all the time.
We teach STEM through origami, then we do good in the community with it. Today, the Franklin Regional High School community could use a little support. Even if you have folded hundreds of paper cranes, consider doing a few more. And if you have never folded one, this is a great time to learn.
Final Count: 3,707 Cranes
Contact me directly at FoldingForGood@gmail.com