June 14, 2017 – Alberto Leon Santos, a student at Owens Intermediate School, has worked diligently over the past two years creating and folding one-thousand paper cranes. Alberto drew inspiration for the project from a book he read a few years before titled Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. He utilized several different materials to create his cranes, from origami paper and newspapers to ripped pages from books and even plastic bags.
After months of effort, and help from classmates and teachers, his vision of 1,000 paper cranes had become a reality. “It took me and my classmates almost two years to complete the task,” said Alberto. “The maximum number I made in a day was 14.” His paper cranes were on full display at Owens Intermediate during the last week of school. Students, parents, visitors and members of the media had the opportunity to enjoy Alberto’s artistic endeavor.
After the display, Alberto’s donated the entirety of his project to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central California, again being inspired by the book he read, whose main character battled Leukemia. Kaitlin Hicks, campaign manager at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Central California, was on hand to receive the donation and said, “We are planning to hang them up and may do something special for our patients. Giving these cranes is just another symbol of kids who have a heart of gold and want to help other people.”