• Coppell ISD Students Reach Out to Japan

    Wilson Elementary students have found a way to translate paper cranes into an international gesture of kindness toward Japan! The goal of this simple yet powerful expression is to trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - $2 for each crane received - to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. Wilson is determined to do its part and has already exceeded its campus goal by making over 1200 of the magnificent birds! Once the overall goal of 100,000 submissions is reached, the cranes will be woven into an art installation - a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

    According to Service Learning Coordinator, Jan Ridley, “Our kids wanted to help out Japan in some way after the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami. Many students and staff members have become friends with former Wilson students who now live in Japan and they have been in constant communication with them. It was the perfect opportunity and just seemed like the right thing to do.”

    An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. Find out more at http://studentsrebuild.org/japan/.

    These cranes tie into the curriculum in math with symmetry and graphs, art with origami, science with weather and natural disasters, language arts with legends, and social studies with geography and humanity. Ridley says others are welcome to contribute to Wilson's crane collection which is set to ship by Tuesday, April 5.