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Education

Elmhurst Academy reaches out to community with International Peace Crane Project

Jacob Larkin, 4, paints a peace cranes that was put into the Elmhurst community following the "10 Days of Peace" celebration.
Jacob Larkin, 4, paints a peace cranes that was put into the Elmhurst community following the "10 Days of Peace" celebration.

ELMHURST – Elmhurst Academy teachers, students and families came together to participate in the International Peace Crane Project to inspire peace and unity throughout the community.

The peace project was in align with the school’s beginning of the year peace study and celebration that taught students to practice peaceful bodies, relationships and spread kindness to their peers in dynamic ways.

The Peace Crane Project is an international collaboration first inspired by Sadako Sasaki in Japan, who created these cranes with the idea that, “I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”

Through this project, participants are encouraged to fold a peace crane, fill it with words and pictures of peace and share it with someone around the community.

The Elmhurst Academy art department created over one hundred peace cranes for the students and their families to write inspired messages of peace on the cranes’ wings. Once completed, the peace cranes were sent home with the students to be delivered throughout their communities.

Pre-school Preparatory student Hayden Brown brought her peace crane to the Elmhurst Fall Fest on Oct. 8 to be left for other community members. Several more peace cranes are anticipated to make their way into the community in the coming weeks, spreading peace forward with an act of kindness and bringing a new level of compassion and connection into the community.

Constructed by the students, four white-stringed peace globes are being installed with the purpose to “wrap peace around the world.” Peace cranes will also be incorporated into this collaborative installation as a reminder to students to have these peaceful beginnings all year long.

For more information on Elmhurst Academy, go to www.elmhurstacademy.com.

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