MKA Students Origami Project For Japan

Brooksiders at Montclair Kimberley Academy’s Primary School made origami fish and cranes last Friday to benefit their peers in Japan. These Caring Cougars learned where the Japanese earthquakes took place and that many buildings need to be rebuilt as a result of the damage. They also learned that the crane represents peace, healing, and hope in the Japanese culture.

The organization called Students Rebuild is collecting the cranes and the Bezos Family Foundation is donating $2 for each crane received to Architecture for Humanity’s Japanese reconstruction efforts.

First, second, and third graders made 267 cranes. These cranes will be combined with origami cranes made by Middle and Upper School students and mailed by the April 15th deadline. Pre-K and kindergarten students  made beautiful origami fish that will decorate Brookside’s hallway as a Japanese remembrance.

The event was planned collaboratively by the Primary School’s Service Learning Coordinator and Diversity Coordinator. Many parent volunteers and faculty helped the children with this service project. All of the cranes received by Students Rebuild will be incorporated into an art installation to be donated to the people of Japan.

(Photo courtesy of Dana Rose, 3rd grade teacher at MKA)

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