The children at the Methodist Preschool are asking everyone who reads this story to send a wish by May 7 to email@example.com.
There can be wishes for the world, such as “I wish for everyone to get along. I wish for nobody to get sick. I wish everyone had homes.” Or they can be personal wishes, such as “I hope Bill finds peace and my sister finds comfort.”
The children are crafting 1,000 paper cranes and a wish needs to be “attached” with every crane. They need the community’s help.
The children were read Sadako’s Cranes by Judith Loske, and the school decided to make cranes, which will be displayed May 23 to 26. Then the cranes will be sent to a larger display at the Museum of Tolerance.
The book is a historical novel by Eleanor Coerr that was published in 1977 and based on the story of Sadako Sasaki.
Sadako was diagnosed with leukemia from radiation caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
There is a Japanese legend that one who creates a thousand cranes would be granted a wish, and Sadako tried to fold the cranes so that she could have her wish of being on a running team before she dies.
In the book, she died before she finished folding, and her friends and family helped by making the rest of the cranes, which were buried with the young girl in 1955.
In real life, Sadako exceeded her goal and folded 1,450 paper cranes. Her family has donated some of the cranes around the world, including to the Museum of Tolerance.
A memorial was built in 1999 for her and all the children who had died from the effects of the atomic bomb. The statue shows Sadako holding a ruby crane and is located in the Hiroshima Peace Park.
The plaque at the foot of statue reads “This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth.” During the Japanese holiday of Obon, when people remember departed spirits of one’s ancestors, thousands of people leave paper cranes near the statue.
Community members should send their wishes and names to firstname.lastname@example.org.