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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.


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.

Calista Frederick-Jaskiewicz Folds For Good; Teams Up With Carnegie Science Center on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Today Live!

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Dennis Bateman of the Carnegie Science Center and I dropped by Pittsburgh Today Live! to talk about my ongoing Folding for Good Exhibit at the Science Center. Host Kristine Sorensen immediately made us feel welcome for our nine on-air minutes!

Video here: Folding For Good Teams Up With Carnegie Science Center.

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5,050 of the 10, 000 origami peace cranes collected from people in 13 countries  through our initiative Operation Sandy Hook: Peace are on display at the Science Center in the three story windows of the Omnimax lobby area from October 3 through November 3, 2013. You can see them from Heinz Field across the street!

Five of the Omnimax windows are full with crane senbazuru, cascades, and strung strands. The cascades and senbazuru (1,000 strung cranes) are from Origami for Africa, Cape Town, South Africa; Japan; Kimi Ego and Family, CA; Owen Byrne, President, Folding for Good 9, Ridgewood, NY and a large cascade representing hundreds of individuals from around the world who contributed cranes—special mention to Sydney Perrine, President, Folding for Good 10, Melbourne, FL, for creating the oversized dangling crane on this one!


Most of the single strands represent efforts of the numerous folders who participated, but two of them were folded in their entirety by Nathan Boerner, President, Folding for Good 2, Cincinnati, OH, and Seb Tabares, President, Folding for Good 5, Denver, CO.

Most of the cranes in the exhibit were sent in loose, so we enthusiastically set about stringing them here in Pittsburgh! Thank you Origami Club of the University of Pittsburgh for helping out.


There is also a museum display case containing  several of the origami projects sent in from around the world, including the original Kusudama Sandy Hook, created by Hungarian origamist Gabor Eszaki, Budapest, for Operation Sandy Hook; a stemmed chrysanthemum comprised of small cranes created by Magdolna Moholy, Hungary; a “crane chain” by Arwin Gensemer, President, Folding for Good 8, New South Wales, Australia; peace crane made with melted crayons and wax, created by E.J. DeGuzeman, President, Folding for Good 11, Kissimmee, FL; World of Peace, created by Dubrecen Origami Club, Hungary; colorful cranes  created by Mrs, Charron’s Sixth Grade Class, Southampton, NY; a silver box of 26 mini cranes folded by Elizabeth Seay, NY; Renzuru, folded by Sylvia Niedler, Columbus, OH; and cranes with handwritten wishes by the 3rd-6th Class Students at Claregalway Educate Together National School, Claregalway, Ireland.


Also a special thank you to those who are coming out to teach the peace crane to Science Center visitors on scheduled Saturdays, including the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania; the Origami Club of Pittsburgh; the Origami Club of the University of Pittsburgh; Western Pennsylvania Mensa; Owen Byrne, Folding for Good 9; Erica Manypenny and her team from PA Cyber; and Alex N., Wexford. It’s nice to Fold for Good with friends!


Come out and fold with us! Our goal is to fold an additional 1,000 cranes at the Carnegie Science Center

We are mentioned in the Entertainment News of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

See, Carnegie Science Center Press Release