Colchester High School students pitched in to make more than two thousand origami paper cranes to benefit survivors of the March 11 earthquake in Japan that triggered the subsequent tsunami.
According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, which is a sacred creature in Japanese culture. CHS sophomore Chiara Evans made over six hundred paper cranes, and fellow CHS students also joined the effort to amass their collection totaling more than two thousand.
The Bezos Family Foundation, in collaboration with Students Rebuild and Do Something, will donate two dollars for each paper crane to Architecture for Humanity—a nonprofit sustainable design services firm—to assist with the reconstruction of Japan’s devastated communities. The goal was to collect 100,000 cranes, but by the official April 15 close of the project, more than 700,000 cranes had been collected—cranes from all fifty states and from more than thirty countries around the world.
The donated paper cranes will be woven into an art installation in a symbolic gesture to Japanese youth from their global peers.
Interested in learning how to fold paper cranes? Here is a video tutorial on how to do it.
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