Brain Injury Awareness Takes Flight with Origami Cranes

Posted by on July 15, 2011

Students Fold and Donate 150 Cranes to assist the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota

Michelle Rivard’s Global Citizenship class at Minnesota School of Business-Blaine assisted Cranestorm – Wishes in Flight for their service learning project. Cranestorm is a year-long community project through the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota that spreads awareness of brain injuries through folding and collecting origami paper cranes.

The nine students researched the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota and specific causes of brain injuries, and dedicated two class periods to folding 150 cranes to deliver to the association.

“The cranes were extremely difficult to fold,” Rivard explained. “It really made us appreciate the struggles of those who suffer from brain injuries.”

After completing the research and meeting with the Brain Injury Association of Minnesota, the students gave a PowerPoint presentation on their findings.

“Awareness was the main community need that we fulfilled through Cranestorm – Wishes in Flight,” said Mindy Paulson, student. “Most of us, including myself, had never heard of Cranestorm, and by discussing it with people we [raised awareness] among our family and friends.”

Cranestorm’s goal is to accumulate 100,000 cranes, one crane for each Minnesotan with a brain injury.  The cranes will become part of an ongoing art installation.


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