In response to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Francis Wyman Community has created a display of 1,000 Paper Cranes. In Japanese culture, the crane is considered to be a mystical creature said to live for 1,000 years. A Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds 1,000 Paper Cranes will be granted a wish such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.
The cranes on display have been created by students in all of the classes at Francis Wyman with the assistance of the Student Council and other 4th and 5th grade experts. The children have done a phenomenal job driving this process. Many of the cranes have been sponsored by students or families for $.50 each. Proceeds have been donated to Hearts N Hands for Japan to aid in the relief efforts.