During Sparta High School’s Week of Respect, running October 5 through 9, the members of the SHS Art Club are challenging themselves to make 1,000 paper cranes.

These cranes, hanging in strands along the ceiling of the Guidance Hallway, are meant to visually represent and promote school spirit and unity amongst the Sparta students and staff.

“At a time when bullying and harassment is still prevalent throughout American high schools, it is important to take a moment to show respect,” says the Art Club supervisor, Jennifer Kucher-Csatlos.  

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The legend of the paper cranes states that if 1,000 paper cranes are folded, a wish will be granted. This legend emerged following World War II, when Sadako Sasaki, a young girl fatally affected by the radiation of the atomic bombs, folded cranes in the hope that her wish for health and peace would come true. Sasaki was able to fold 664 cranes before she passed away at age 12. Her classmates folded the rest of the cranes, and her story became of symbol of love and respect around the world.

“The crane idea has been around of a long time, but I’ve personally always wanted to try it,” says Kucher-Csatlos. The club is hoping the paper cranes will make students stop and think about the power and positive impact of teamwork.

The Art Club has invited members of the school community to be involved in the project by writing their name on a crane to show their Sparta spirit.