Central students unite against bullying with origami

Various clubs at Central High School team up to make more than 1,000 paper cranes for peace

Central High School in La Crosse is celebrating diversity and uniting against bullying with a unique artistic display.

Members of Central’s Art Club and Culture Club spent their day off from school
putting up an origami peace crane sculpture in the school’s library Monday.

The students started making the cranes to help celebrate Unity Day last month, but kept making the cranes until they made more than a thousand.

The project started with the art club but eventually spread to other clubs around the school.

“Hundreds (of kids). We actually had so many that it was just kind of passing on from student to student,” said art teacher Lora Aschenbrener.

Students say the number of cranes that were made shows that many of the kids at the school want to come together for a common cause.

“I think that we had a lot of participants and a lot of people that support the idea and I think it was good overall for the community in general,” Central High School Culture Club president Lawfu Yang.

The goal was to make 1000 paper cranes, inspired by the Japanese legend that says those who make a thousand cranes are granted a wish. Aschenbrener says they don’t have a final count yet, but made more than one thousand.