Put Up a Crane for Peace Project

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Released by Maya Bethany with Lindale ISD:

LINDALE, TX - In response to violence in schools across the country, Lindale High School arts teacher Sally Taylor developed a unique project to help LISD students take a positive stance in their schools.

Taylor developed The PUT UP A CRANE Peace project. PUT UP A CRANE is an acronym for Peace Understanding Tolerance Unity Personal Accountability Community Respect Altruism Non-Violence Empathy.

"I decided to have my students make a positive statement to our community concerning their personal accountability for promoting peace, tolerance and understanding in our community," Taylor said.

Started in Taylor's art class, the project expanded to include the high school and eventually the entire school district.

Participants were asked to take a 6x6 inch piece of copy paper and write on one side of the paper their thoughts, hopes, wishes and intent for promoting peace and tolerance in Lindale. After writing, students, teachers and community members were asked to draw on the other side of the paper an image that relates to what they have written.

"With my students, I talked about a lot of different traditional or cultural symbols for peace. Students are allowed to use one or more of these symbols in their drawn images if they wish," Taylor explained.

One of those symbols included origami cranes. Taylor's lesson included the story of how a wish is granted if you fold a thousand cranes. The students wish is for peace in schools.

"I tell the students that if we are of one mind and have essentially the same wish, that we as a group can have our wish granted as well," Taylor said.

Taylor's project resulted in the collection of 1,160 origami cranes from around the district. The origami cranes are currently hanging in the atrium of the high school foyer.

"No one will be able to read what is written or see the entire drawn image, because it is all folded up inside the crane," Taylor said. "But everyone will know its collective meaning. The strength of the message is in each individual crane."