I wanted to share with you something I did in my school in support of those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Instead of doing a fundraiser I thought I could have the students participate by making wishes, taping them to small pieces of pink and fuchsia paper and tape them to two large wishing trees I painted in the cafeteria. I also set up a table next to the trees with the supplies students could use.
Below is the information I posted next to the trees.
A Wish Tree is a tree which is used as an object of wishes and offerings. These trees are identified as possessing a special religious or spiritual value. By tradition, believers make offerings in order to gain from that nature spirit fulfillment of a wish.
Yoko Ono, John Lennon's wife remembers, "As a child in Japan, I used to go to a temple and write out a wish on a piece of thin paper and tie it around the branch of a tree. Trees in temple courtyards were always filled with people's wish knots, which looked like white flowers blossoming from afar."
WISH TREE PARTICIPATION
*Make a wish for the survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
*Write your wish down on a piece of paper and tape it to a branch of a wish tree.
*Ask your friends to do the same.
* Watch the wish tree blossom into hope and compassion for the people in Japan.
5th and 6th grade art teacher, NY