Ideas and Inspirations - Gallery 3


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Grade 3 Peacemakers - Cape Cod Academy, Massachusetts USA
Cranes to The Hague - the Netherlands
The art of paper cranes - Classic Cranes, Hawaii USA
Hopes and fears - STARTTS, Fairfield NSW Australia
 Crane exchange with Hiroshima - Mokena, Illinois USA
Other Ideas and Inspirations:
The Wishing Tree - Elanora Heights PS NSW Australia
Ambassadors of Peace - Adel, Georgia USA
Under the wings of the crane - Fremont-Elizabeth CHS, Adelaide, Australia
Stargazer Youth Theatre Festival - Kippens, Newfoundland, Canada 
Cranes for Peace - Santa Fe, New Mexico USA
Wish for good health - Ludlow, Vermont USA
Sadako puppet performance - Cape Town, South Africa
"Our World" Exhibition - Phoenix Public Library, Arizona USA
Les 1000 grues de l'espoir - Toulouse, France
Cranes for a wedding - San Francisco USA
Installation of '10,000 Cranes' Iowa City, Iowa USA
'The Voice' Youth magazine competition - Camden Library NSW Australia
 Rock Eisteddfod - Seaview High School, South Australia 
Cranes Going Global - Oshkosh Public Library, Wisconsin USA 
The Flight of the Cranes, Skylar's Mission - Pleasant Valley, New York USA 
Cranes and keypals -Shohola, Pennsylvania USA

'Grade 3 Peacemakers'
Cape Cod Academy - Massachusetts USA

In Spring 1996 the 'Children's Peace Project of Cape Cod' began in a Grade 3 classroom of Cape Cod Academy in Osterville, Massachusetts USA when Ms Patty Doherty's class worked throughout the year to establish a peaceful classroom.

Students work out problems at a peace table in the classroom.  It has all the students' handprints on it, each with the words 'Your friend' and  a student's name written in it.  A feelings meter is used to help solve conflicts, which goes up and down like a thermometer from good feeling words like 'peaceful' and 'friendly'  to unpleasant words like 'grumpy' and 'mad'.  A conflict escalator is also available so that students in conflict can see where their picture is on the escalator, trying at all times not to reach the top by talking to each other and stepping back down.

Each student shared time with a local 'community hero' and wrote their biography, as part of getting to understand other cultures.  Students also had a potluck dinner for which each student cooked with his or her hero.  Some of the dishes came from different cultures and recipes were made into cookbooks in class.  After dinner students and their heroes shared folk dances.

The students were active participants in Increase the Peace Week, sponsored by the Cape Cod Consortium for Diversity Education.  The week aims to promote awareness of the prevalence and causes of violence in the community and to inspire communities to work together for peace.

Ms Doherty's class marched in the Walk for Harmony as the 'Cape Cod Academy Grade 3 Peacemakers', some walking with their community heroes.

In another activity, students wrote peace statements and turned these into peace pictures.  After colouring the pictures with fabric crayons they were ironed onto pillowcases so that the students could sleep on their dreams and wishes for peace.  The statements and pillowcases were later exhibited in the library of the Cape Cod Community College and at the Children's Museum in Falmouth.

Students also read Sadako and the thousand paper cranes and together they folded a thousand cranes as a wish for peace in their community and among all people in the world.

In the past our students had sent their cranes to peace statues in other parts of the USA, but on this occasion they decided to initiate their own peace monument, to be designed by the children of
Cape Cod as a place where people could reflect on and find peace, and as a symbol of their hope for peace, racial harmony and non-violence.  Students addressed the local Town Council and gained approval for a piece of land for the project. They also presented the idea to the media.

In January 1997 a travelling exhibit began to tour Cape Cod to display more than 400 items including drawings, sculptures, poems and stories for the peace monument.  Also, a Steering Committee of children and adults was formed, together with subcommittees for Design, Public Relations, Exhibit, Site, and Fund-Raising.  Each committee is co-chaired by a child and an adult 'advisor'.  All meetings are chaired by students, although adults take the minutes and do the mailings.

All of the Town's various committees have accepted the final design plan and we are actively beginning the fundraising process.  We have also formed an executive board of interested and influential adults who will help us along this journey.

Our original 'Grade 3 Peacekeepers' from 1996 are finishing up their Grade 5 school year and at least five of them are still very active in the project!


[The above article was adapted from reports of students' activities and progress with
the Cape Cod peace monument published in our Children's Peace Letter called The Golden Crane,
and from our Web page at: ]

Toni Sadler                                    Patty Doherty
Technology Coordinator                 Grade 3 teacher

Cape Cod Academy
50 Osterville-West Barnstable Rd.
Osterville, MA. 02655 USA

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Cranes to The Hague
The Netherlands

Elise Leijten from the Netherlands is an active campaigner against nuclear violence in the world, who now wishes to contribute to the goal of folding 1,000,000 paper cranes.  She wants to do this to make people aware of the nuclear madness in this world.

'This project began just after Christmas 1998 with an action in front of the International Court of Justice in The Hague (the “PeacePalace”).  Together with deputees of other peacegroups, we sent out a press release on the action with information on the One Million Cranes project.  We also sent information on the nuclear weapon situation in the Netherlands and on some of the many actions to come next year
towards the year 2000.

'We intend to have people folding cranes during actions but also in schools, bars and homes.  In December 1999 these cranes will be taken to the International Court of Justice in The Hague because of its importance for the abolition of nuclear weapons in the world (8 July 1996).  The intention is to have a big information/cultural event.
'It would be great if from all countries in the world (and maybe also different cities within these countries) ONE crane would be sent to the address below for the symbolic meaning of it.  Please do not send boxes filled with cranes - I don’t like the idea of having more planes flying for our cause, and I have no place to store them.  However, pictures, wishes, stories and ideas would be very welcome.'

Elise Leijten
Postbus 95214
1090 HE  Amsterdam
the Netherlands


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The art of paper cranes
Classic Cranes, Hawaii  USA

Artist Cathy Lancaster has found a way to combine business with the pleasure of folding cranes.  The Web site for Classic Cranes contains images of wonderful artworks created from cranes folded in gold or silver paper and mounted on a black velvet background.   These provide inspiration for creative ways to present folded cranes and turn each little work of art into part of a larger work.

Cathy's works are sought after for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions and her Web site provides some background on the Hawaiian tradition of folding 1001 paper cranes as a symbol of long life and happiness.

Cathy explains how Classic Cranes came to be:
I have always been interested in art and have painted pictures for years as a hobby.  About 15 years ago I started folding and I found it very relaxing.  I guess my desire to paint, combined with my enjoyment and satisfaction with folding, led to the form that I now do.

My first pictures were given to friends and as more people saw them and requested them, creating the business was the practical approach.

It takes about six to eight weeks to create my artwork, after the cranes are folded.  The exact measurements that must be followed to create the finished picture were developed very early in my folding through trial and error. 

Although it is very time consuming I find it to be the perfect blend of working in a relaxed frame of mind. 

I find great satisfaction in creating beautiful artwork from something so simple as a piece of folded paper. 

I have pictures on display at a couple of locations, and I will be glad to provide information to anyone who is interested in my work.


Visit all the pages at the Classic Cranes site starting from

Cathy Lancaster
Classic Cranes
Suite 141, 98-1390 Koaheahe Place
Pearl City,  Hawaii  96782  USA

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'Hopes and fears'
STARTTS - Fairfield  NSW Australia
STARTTS (NSW) is the Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors - an organisation which has since 1988 been in the forefront of providing assistance and early intervention for refugees who have experienced torture and trauma.  STARTTS employs a multidisciplinary staff from a wide range of cultural backgrounds reflecting client groups.
In 1996 STARTTS developed a training course and an accompanying resource called Families in Cultural Transition: a resource kit
(ISBN 1 876056 13 4).  This innovative kit contains  a comprehensive package of resources such as group activities, board games, and ideas, which a facilitator can use with groups of immigrants and refugees to assist them to deal better with the process of adjusting to living in a new country.

The first module of the kit is called 'Hopes and fears' - the objective of this module is for participants to share hopes and fears about the course with others, and to clarify expectations.

The activity involves participants writing down their hopes and concerns on the white side of origami paper and folding these into paper cranes.  The cranes are then made into a mobile and participants come back together to discuss their hopes and fears.

In this module participants have found that they have many hopes and fears in common.  It has become clear that in order to maintain a balance in the training room everybody's crane (and everybody's contribution) is important.


You can find out more about STARTTS at
[The above article was adapted from a STARTTS brochure and
the 'Hopes and fears' module of the Families in Cultural Transition Kit.]
The Families in Cultural Transition Kit and associated board games are available
for purchase through the address below.
Pam Hartgerink
PO Box 203
Fairfield  NSW  2165  Australia
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Crane exchange with Hiroshima
Mokena, Illinois USA

The peace crane project at Mokena Elementary School began as a response by Grades 3 through 5 to the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.  The students watched the video of Sadako's story and the video on how to fold a crane, and decided to fold a thousand cranes as their wish for peace.

Third grade teacher Brian Fogarty said: "The students were saddened and touched by the story of a girl getting sick and dying because a bomb was dropped.  They are too young to understand anything else about the conflict between Japan and America.  The only thing they understand is that a child died."

Learning Center coordinator Kathy Wierzbicki made contact with Cranes for Peace and subsequently with Mr June Tahara at Nagatsuka Elementary School in Hiroshima to arrange for the students' cranes to be taken to the Sadako monument in Hiroshima Peace Park on 6 August 1998.


Visit the Mokena Elementary School site at
and the Nagatsuka Elementary School site at
[ Adapted from 'Mokena pupils work for peace' by Jean Fleszewski in
Daily Southtown 9 April 1998, posted to ]
Kathy Wierzbicki
Learning Center Coordinator
Mokena Elementary School
11244 Willowcrest Lane
Mokena IL 60448  USA
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