Amazing Student Volunteers!

Guest Author – Mako Pellerin

Mary O’Brien, Doug and I visited the Princeton school on Sept. 30 to extend our sincere appreciation to the Princeton School student volunteers, art teacher Miss Corrie Mussell and Ms. Sue Kinas for all of their hard work and dedication on the Giant Origami Whooping Crane project featured at the Whooping crane festival.

The key to success of this project was the involvement of teachers and student volunteers who gave their time and talent to help us achieve this unique way of paying tribute to the Whooping cranes that summer in the Princeton area.

The first time I met the 10 volunteer students on the day of the event, I gave brief instructions about the many steps and sequencing involved in folding the giant crane…

Mako uses a small model to show the students how the much larger crane will be folded.

Mako uses a small model to show the students how the much larger crane will be folded.

Prepping the HUGE origami crane for display on the stage.

Prepping the HUGE origami crane for display on the stage.

I was very impressed to discover that the students knew just exactly what they were expected to do without any prior practice. They expressed significant enthusiasm and energy while staying focused on the tasks needed to accomplish our goal. Several of the students and teachers also stayed to help place the giant crane on the stage and do the finishing touches.

Thank you to the amazing student volunteers, Miss Corrie Mussell, who also conducted the T-shirt art contest for this event, and Ms. Sue Kinas for contributing time and effort to this project.

Thanks, student volunteers and teachers – we couldn’t have done it without you.

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The finished origami crane featured a wingspan of 37 feet!

The finished origami crane featured a wingspan of 37 feet!

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3 Comments

  1. Christy October 16, 2016 12:57 am

    It was absolutely amazing!

  2. Carol Giancola October 15, 2016 5:34 pm

    The BEST of our youth!

  3. Dora Giles October 15, 2016 7:33 am

    These teachers are a great example of how to teach young people and these students were great to volunteer their time and talents. Watched the project live stream and it was fascinating. What a great job by all involved.