I'm excited to be getting more involved with Victor's (and soon to be Harriet's) elementary school as a member of the PTA. We started a community committee and just completed our first project. It was a simple, creative project inspired by the documentary “Between the Folds”. This film illustrates how folding is central to just about everything in nature. Whether it’s a rose or DNA, folding is a mechanism to how things work, blurring the lines between art and science.
The simple forms of origami can be attained by children and adults. It’s fun to produce something out of nothing. A blank piece of paper can be turned into a frog, fish, or in our case, an eagle! We are the Irving Eagles, so by folding a piece of paper 6 times, we produced an eagle-like bird.
Over Thanksgiving break, kids took home a handout with directions to produce the eagle. They were encouraged to take creative liberty and do this with their family. In lieu of the New Year, we asked them to write a New Year’s goal. Kids wrote everything from getting better grades to learning how to break dance.
The intention is that the individual birds represent Irving students, each with their own unique aspirations. The birds are strung together to represent the Irving community as a whole. The cheerful and simple display reminds us that as a community, we work together so our kids can achieve their greatest heights.
Thanks to everyone invloved with this project! It's a good experience when an idea turns to matter. What's next? Break dancing lessons for everyone? :)