Thursday, February 14, 2013

Students in Santa Ana Remember Newtown

A symbol of hope for peace: Segerstrom High students
recently folded 3000 paper cranes in remembrance of the
tragedy in Newtown (image via stock.xchng)
February 14th marks the two month anniversary of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. While the occasion may be overshadowed by Valentine's Day or other news, students at Segerstrom High in Santa Ana recently honored the victims with a special art project.

Coordinated by Segerstrom High School visual arts teacher Shelby Stoew, 200 students folded 3,000 paper cranes in all the shades of the rainbow before hanging them up in one of the school's hallways. The practice of folding cranes originates from Japan and represents hope for peace. 

With Ingrid Michaelson's performance of "Over the Rainbow" playing on a loop while students walk under the display, Shelby has said they find the display as "cool, beautiful, and sad."

Speaking of the tragedy, student Daniela Sanchez explained, "We gave it importance. We didn't let it go, like any other story."

For more details on the work that went on behind this project, read the original Orange County Register article here

Segerstrom student Juan Luna adjusts the display
while Daniel Gonzalez watches (image via OC Register)

Segerstrom High teacher Shelby Stoew stands under the display of  paper
cranes folded by her students (image via OC Register)

"Beautiful, cool, and sad" has been the students' reaction to the
display (image via OC Register)


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