Ono City’s Shimosho Elementary School, Before School Reopens on June 1st
On May 22nd, on the windows of Shimosho Elementary School (located in Ono City, Fukui Prefecture) 293 sheets of paper with the students’ portraits, and origami crafts, were posted on display. The school’s teachers came up with the idea, as a way to tell the students to look forward to the school’s reopening with excitement, during the extended school closures, due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Just before it reopens on June 1st, the school gathered all of its students’ “smiles”.
Since March, in the midst of the school closures, the elementary school has used the student’s shoe boxes as a means to exchange messages and pass on assignments. Wanting to also pass on the emotion of excitement, and the feeling of the connections across teachers and friends, not just homework, the “Shimosho Kids WAKUWAKU Project” started off from the beginning of May.
On the day of the entrance ceremony for the first-year students on May 7th, and on the 8th for the rest of the students, across the second through sixth-year, the children were each given a sheet of drawing paper and a sheet of origami paper. The children used crayons and other writing tools to draw self-portraits and create origami crafts, to submit through their shoe boxes for the 15th. During the late afternoon of the 21st, the teachers reinforced the portraits to be posted, and used origami paper to display a message on the school’s windows, facing the student entrance, reading, “I ♡ Shimosho! Do your best!”.
On May 22nd, with their parents and guardians, the children visited the school, and could be seen rushing to their homeroom teachers to talk with them, or searching for the picture they drew with their siblings.
“I want to get along with everyone! I’m looking forward to seeing everyone’s faces,” said a fourth-year student with a smile.