Today was our first meeting of the Literary Art Club and we started our origami paper cranes. Our goal is to make 1,000 paper cranes to display in the library. We chose this project based on the book "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," which tells the story of a young girl who developed leukemia from the aftermath of the atomic bombed dropped in Hiroshima, Japan in 1945. While this is a fictional retelling, the story is based on factual events and the real Sadako is said to have folded over 1,000 paper cranes before her death in 1945. Since then, 1,000 paper cranes have come to symbolize hope and eternal good luck.
Ms. Laws provided the tutorial for this meeting and became our expert origami maker. After a few (not-so-perfect) attempts, we finally go the hang of making the paper crane. By the end of our first meeting we had 12 finished cranes. Only 988 more to go!