C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center to Hold Paper Crane Folding Marathon

Posted on July 28, 2010

During Lakeside’s Annual Peace with Justice Week, the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr. Center for the Living Arts has a tradition of folding 1,000 paper cranes for peace. This act has become a meaningful symbol of concern for children who are victims of armed conflict throughout the world.

The goal is to fold 1,000 paper cranes in one day. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 5, the day before Hiroshima Day, Lakesiders age 5 and older are invited to visit the Rhein Center, at Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue, for a free Origami lesson in paper crane folding. Children are welcome to participate, but please remember that children age 7 and under must bring a helpful adult. Paper crane folding will continue throughout the day until the goal of 1,000 cranes is reached.

Each year, the cranes are given away to a deserving group. Last year the cranes were given to the Danbury Schools and Lea Mark, an art teacher and Lakesider, arranged for their display around the school. This year the cranes will be distributed to Lakeside elders who are 90 years of age or older.

In addition to the paper crane folding activities, the story of Sadako, a young Japanese girl who was a victim of the Hiroshima bombing, will be read several times throughout the day beginning at 11 a.m. Several well-known Lakesiders will serve as volunteer readers that day.

No sign-up is necessary for either the paper crane folding or the story-reading sessions. Please join us for these special Peace Week activities.