During the week of April 29-May 3, Boulevard Elementary students learned about a girl named Sadako Sasaki, who lived in Hiroshima, Japan, at the time of the atomic bombing in 1945 and became ill with leukemia because of the radiation. She is featured in a book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” about how she worked to make 1,000 origami paper cranes, inspired by the Japanese legend that one who created a thousand origami cranes would be granted a wish.
Boulevard students participated in a cross-curricular project in which they read about Sadako, learned the history of World War II and the Japanese culture and completed an art project with origami.
Together with teachers and community members, students reached their goal of making 1,000 cranes.
The cranes are now part of a large art installation that was hung on 100in1 Day (May 4) at 73 North Main St., Gloversville, in the windows of the Argersinger Building.