Traditionally, 1000 cranes signified good fortune and wealth, but took on a new meaning when Sadako Sasaki, who was exposed to the radiation at Hiroshima, had the goal of making the traditional 1000 origami cranes. Her schoolmates had to help her to finish the project before she succumbed to leukemia. Since then, the cranes symbolize love, healing, and care that her classmates showed for her. According to tradition, you are to hang the mobile outside after a time, when you are ready, and let the wind and rain release them back into the world. In the 9/11 museum you can see Japan's gift of a 1000 origami cranes to the United States after 9/11.
World Languages Honor Society began our work to make 1000 after we learned how to make them and of their cultural significance from Jemma, a BHS alumna. Soon after, we learned of fellow classmates who suffered an unspeakable loss. We wanted to finish 1000 paper cranes to give to as a symbol of our love and care for them. We put the call out to all of BHS, and students and staff made and collected many more than 1000 cranes in three days, and threaded them together with the help of many caring folks on a beautiful, sunny February day.
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