On December 14th Monterey Park awoke to another horrific case of shooting at one of our nation’s schools. A crazed gunman shot and killed 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Monterey Park Rotary President David Anantasin wondered what a small club on the other side of the country could do to help and how can this be part of the Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka’s theme for 2012-13 “Peace Through Service.”
Tanaka remembered the story that he had heard as a child about a girl (Sadako Sasaki) in Japan, who was dying from leukemia caused by the atomic bomb dropped during World War II on Hiroshima.
According to Japanese legend, if she could make a thousand paper cranes, she would be granted a wish. Her wish was to live. She made 644 cranes before she passed away. Her community completed the project in her memory. They went on to create a statue of Sadako holding a giant golden origami crane in Hiroshima Peace Park so that her memory would live on.
Rotary President Anantasin with 30 Rotarians and Interactors youth club worked on two Saturdays in January to create a mobile of 1,000 origami cranes in memory of Sandy Hook’s victims.
Students and teachers at Repetto Elementary School and Mark Keppel High School also made 1,000 origami cranes to create another mobile. The teachers used this project to teach the children about compassion for others and reaching out in peace to others.
These cranes are on display in the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Children’s Room. Later, the cranes will be shipped to the Newtown Rotary Club as a memorial of what they, and we all lost.
The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library also has the children’s book for checkout about Sadako entitled Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr.
The Rotary Club of Monterey Park is one of the oldest service clubs in the West San Gabriel Valley. Rotarians usually meets every Thursday at 12:15 P.M. at Capital Seafood, 755 W. Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park.
Rotary International is the oldest service organization in the world. For information on serving your local community through the Monterey Park Rotary, check
http://montereyparkrotary.org/.. For more information on Rotary International and clubs in other communities see http://www.rotary.org/EN/ABOUTUS/Pages/ridefault.aspx