Sunday , 24 June 2018

Cockrill’s Balloons Discovered in East Texas

Remember in early December when we first told you that a group of Cockrill Middle School art students released 500 red and white balloons with origami artwork attached to each one in the hopes of a response?  Well, it turns out the project has worked!

The Longview News-Journal reported that several balloons were found in Harmony, Texas, a tiny town about two and a half hours from McKinney.  The balloons propelled a response from a junior high class in the area.

From the News-Journal:

A local woman from the Harmony area discovered balloons with origami tied to them that had been caught on her fence a few weeks before Christmas break and turned them into the Junior High. The balloons became special once a serial number was noticed and researched.

Harmony’s Junior High art classes sent in a response on January 4th to a project done by Cockrill Middle School in McKinney, Texas.

The serial number led to the site The site explained almost 500 balloons were released on Pearl Harbor’s 70th anniversary, December 7, 2011 at Cockrill Middle School. The balloons were released along with personal origami made by the art students attending the middle school. Each origami piece is made with a special designed cover done by the student. Inside the origami is a piece of paper with a personally written haiku poem. If the poem was about what the student was thankful for, it was attached to a red balloon; if the poem was what their dreams are, it was attached to a white balloon.

The balloons were meant to fall someplace and hopefully be found and responded too, which is just what Harmony’s Junior High art class decided to do.

Each one of Mrs. Brasket’s art students made a response to an origami piece. Each response was a little box made with wrapping paper containing an ornament, a responsive letter to a poem they were assigned, and a piece of origami. Each product was done hand made by an art student ending up with a total of 23 little boxes.

The 23 boxes that were made by the art students were mailed by Mrs. Brasket on January 4th to Cockrill Middle School.

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