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Hearts For Hearts

Hearts for Hearts was first introduced to our Allen-Stevenson community in 2017 by a compassionate group of boys seeking to support victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Carolinas. The effort was so successful that the making and selling of origami hearts to support a worthy cause has become a beloved student-driven tradition at the School.
Fourth-grade student, Sean Kim, is passionate about origami. Although Sean credits his paternal grandmother for originally teaching him to make folded-paper “fortune-tellers,” he says that he first learned to make origami hearts in the Second Grade during a Lower Division Community Time “Hearts for Hearts” activity. Inspired to take his passion to the next level, Sean turned to YouTube to discover how to create more complex origami shapes, including unicorns using Kirigami (he explained that this art form allows the use of scissors). He has since taught his maternal grandmother to make folded hearts and said with a twinge of envy, “She is now the queen of hearts - it’s not fair; she’s better than me!” As a Korean American, Sean explained that the art of paper folding has a deeper cultural significance to which he feels connected. 

While the subject of origami made Sean’s eyes light up, he spoke with tender emotion and conviction when talking about his late father, Dase Kim, who recently lost his battle with cancer. Sean said, “I want to honor my father’s memory and make origami hearts to raise money for Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Hospital. They took the best care of my father. I never want others to experience this kind of grief. We can raise at least $1000 for the hospital, and I want to keep this going…to be something I keep doing.”

Sean is not alone in his determination to support MSK. To get this project up and running, Sean relied on his close friends, Brandon and Thomas, all three share a passion for bringing this project successfully to fruition. Thomas said, “I want us to raise lots of money for the hospital.” Both boys nodded in agreement as Brandon added, “Sean is my friend, and I want to help him with this project because I care.” The boys talked about starting a non-profit. “I am the CEO,” Sean said, “Brandon is the Vice CEO, Director of Fourth-Grade Operations, and Thomas is the Co-Co-Commander.” 

Ms. Crowley’s fourth-grade class has already made over 1000 hearts which they will sell to our community for $1 each. In truth, the whole class worked enthusiastically to prepare for the Hearts for Hearts event coming up next week (January 19-21). Sean is not the only class member whose household was directly affected by cancer, and the boys in 4C rallied together with compassion and dedication. While one group focused on selecting the best hearts for sale, another group made cards (notes of kindness and valentines). The advertising group coordinated creating flyers and posters while the last group assembled craft baggies that included string, a needle, and a group of hearts to be threaded together to make a garland.

The class is thrilled to have the opportunity to connect with a representative from MSK’s giving department following the fundraising. Until then, all of us at Allen-Stevenson look forward to supporting Sean and Ms. Crowley’s fourth-grade class with this meaningful project; one that touches our community very personally. We know that when these boys put their heads and their hearts together, there is no limit to what they may achieve. 

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