At present, out students are involved in a project called Paper Cranes for Japan to aid with disaster relief with the recent events in Japan. The Bezos Family Foundation has offered to donate $2 for every paper crane received, up to $200,000. Our students have joined this world-wide effort. With the expert guidance of two old friends, Yuni and Izumi Sakurada, the students in the Upper Elementary and Adolescent classrooms folded just over 400 paper cranes Friday, April 1st. Nothing like the energy of children when they are feeling engaged with purpose! Absolutely amazing!! They are now training the Lower Elementary students so we can get more people on board to fold cranes.
Our students also participated in a Charity Concert to gather funds for the Japan Red Cross. It was powerful to see our students be part of 100 Taiko drummers, this time with the purpose of helping to raise funds to help the relief efforts in Japan. The organization raised over $8,000 at the concert, and the children were part of that great effort. Robert Fulghum, author, said, “Peace is not something you wish for; it’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.” Our children made peace, did peace, were peace and gave peace away.