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Shaler Area Students and Staff Fold 1,000 Paper Cranes for Peace

Dec 31, 2018 09:31PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Shaler Area High School students participated in the Pittsburgh-area Japanese community’s initiative to fold 1,000 paper cranes by matching the goal.

The paper crane project was organized through the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP), a nonprofit organization that helps to promote a better understanding of customs of Japan and the United States. In response to the Tree of Life Synagogue tragedy on Oct. 27, JASP and the Japanese community launched an initiative to gather and present 1,000 origami cranes from organizations and individuals around the area as an expression of their condolences.

Inspired by the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania initiative, Shaler Area High School students decided to match the JASP goal and fold 1,000 paper cranes to add to its gift for the Tree of Life congregation.

In Japanese culture, it is believed that if one folds 1,000 origami cranes, one’s wish will come true. The cranes are usually strung together and given as gifts, and it has also become a symbol of peace. 

Led by the students in Shaler Area’s Japanese Honor Society, Shaler Area students and staff folded 1,000 origami cranes in just 7 days.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania plans to present its donation, including the Shaler Area High School’s 1,000 paper cranes, in the New Year.