We invite school and community groups, individuals and families, all around the world to fold a peace crane, fill its wings with words and pictures of peace, then through us, trade it with another child somewhere in the world. Participants are also encouraged to go beyond the cranes to exchange pen-pal letters, videos, and postcards, creating a deeper and more meaningful experience and connection.
“My students feel empowered to be helping Egyptian students learn English while they learn global collaboration skills. This is an exceptionally valuable student-centered global project!”
April Keck-DeGennaro, Ph.D., Gifted Education Specialist, USA
“It’s our third year of participation in this project and my students can’t imagine our future without it. We not only exchange paper cranes we also establish bridges between different countries and quite different cultures. “
Nelli Porseva, Teacher of English and Vice Principal, Russia
“An engaging and enriching experience for our students. We have now made further local connections as a result of the project which we look forward to linking with next year.”
Jayne Porter, ESOL and International Team Lead, Scotland
“This project has had a positive impact on not only the students but also the teachers at Silver Bay Elementary. Our fourth graders will not soon forget their mission to spread peace and hope to others, to live with a heart filled with love, or their passion to impact change.”
Joy Danelson, Teacher, USA
“By participating in the project my students have the opportunity to be in contact with children from countries they didn’t even know existed. This opens their minds and helps them understand that there are people who live so far away from us and they also care about Peace. My students learned to respect and accept the differences between people. Thank you for giving me the chance to be part of your great community of Peace crane exchange.”
Melahrini Papardeli, Teacher, Greece
We host the Peace Crane Project every day of the year. Many groups choose to join us for the United Nations International Day of Peace, held each September 21. If you plan to join us in September, please sign up as far in advance as possible and begin to plan as soon as you are able. There are many United Nations days that you can celebrate with an exchange of peace cranes! Please sign up for our newsletter to learn all the ways you can incorporate our program into your classroom or community group’s activities.
Have your students read our book about Sadako Sasaki? Co-written by Peace Crane Project Founder Sue DiCicco and Sadako’s older brother Masahiro Sasaki, The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki brings Sadako’s true and complete story to English readers for the first time. Many teachers choose to read this book with their students while participating in the Peace Crane Project. 100% of the profits are donated to The Peace Crane Project and the Sadako Legacy NPO You can read more about it here.