Saturday, November 18, 2006

Through the Wisdom of the Hands Program in 2005, Clear Spring School established a sister school relationship with Shinrin Takumi Juku in Japan. Clear Spring High School students folded over 1000 paper cranes as an overture of introduction, then built a box to hold them that unfolds on wood hinges into a decorative screen or "byobu." One side displayed the colorful milk paint handprints of our students and staff and the other haiku written in humanities class, and further decorated with dried leaves from the botany class. Shown in the photos above and below are students and staff at Shinrin Takumi Juku with the byobu, paper cranes and gifts from Clear Spring School. The school in Japan shares Clear Spring School's committment to enviromental responsibility, our love of wood, and our use of woodworking as a integrative school program. This year we continue our international engagement in education through hosting 6 foreign exchange students while one of our students spends a year in Argentina as a Rotary Exchange Scholar.

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