In support of the patients at the West Cancer Clinic, the entrance of the organization's Desoto location has gained a bright and meaningful addition with a new art installation created by students at Lausanne.
Since last fall, students across Middle and Upper School have joined in the Student Government Association's (SGA) community goal of folding 1,000 origami cranes for the cancer clinic. As cranes have long symbolized peace, good health, longevity and healing in many Asian cultures, strings of 1,000 paper cranes, or senbazuru in Japanese, are often offered as a gift expressing support for those in need.
"While creating 1,000 cranes seems overwhelming, the Middle and Upper Schools were able to collaborate to create this installation, SGA President and leader of the initiative Annabella Tian '22 said. "It was a lengthy process, but I could not be happier with the result! I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with West Cancer Clinic to bring a little brightness to patients, families, and staff."
As president of the student-run organization, Annabella has been working to rebuild what was lost due to COVID while using the blank slate as an opportunity to reinvent SGA. With new committees specifically dedicated to school spirit, legacy and tradition, and diversity and inclusion, the Lynx senior's leadership has positively impacted the Lausanne community.
"We have increased engagement with the student body, from serving hot cocoa to promoting the theater department to multi-divisional service projects, but my biggest impact as president has been the 1,000 paper cranes project," Annabella shared.
While the origami initiative brought students across grade levels together for a like-minded mission, it also helped students gain a deeper cross-cultural understanding while uplifting human connectivity.
"It has been such a wonderful experience partnering with Annabella to create the art installation for our West community," Paige Scheinberg, the Integrative Art Therapist for West Cancer Clinic, shared. "We've been inspired to hear from Annabella and other Lausanne parents and students about creating the cranes as a student body and bringing this piece to life. I love knowing that this beautiful piece will be the first thing our West patients, families, and staff will see when they walk into our Desoto clinic - a colorful, meaningful image of hope and invitation to joy and wonder."
See more pics of the crane building process on our Facebook page.