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May 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Pictured holding some of the cranes they made are fifth graders Colleen, Julie Grimes, Alexander Simoneau and Alex Banner.

Colleen O’Brien, fifth grader at St. John the Evangelist School (SJE) in Attleboro, wants to give fellow students in Japan “one big wish”. After she chose to read the book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” as a project in Sister Mary Dumond’s Language Arts Class, Colleen explained that she “wanted to grant Japan one big wish of happiness after what they’ve been through.”

This book is about Sadako, a baby when the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945. Nine years later, as a sixth grader, Sadako got leukemia, the atom bomb disease. Sadako was told that if she folded one thousand paper cranes, then she would get one wish. Her wish was to get well. Sadako managed to fold 644 cranes in one year before she succumbed to the disease.

This story of one little girl’s courage and determination inspired Colleen to fold cranes to help modern-day Japan deal with their recent devastation.

Together with her classmates and the students of the SJE AfterSchool Program, they folded 200 paper cranes. They will be sending the cranes to the Peace Memorial Museum in Hiroshima, Japan. Colleen’s mother, Kathy O’Brien, came in to teach the students how to fold the paper cranes.

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