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kids folding paper cranes Students at Sturgis Charter Public School in Massachusetts fold cranes during their lunch break to raise money for Japanese relief efforts. (Photo courtesy Kevin Agostinelli)

Cranes for a Cause Supports Japan

Students "counteract tragedy with beauty" in fundraiser

By Kevin Agostinelli | March 28 , 2011

According to Japanese folklore, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish or the ability to recover from accident or injury. That led students at Sturgis Charter Public High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts to organize a unique fundraiser called Cranes for a Cause.

"I got the idea from the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr," junior Sarah McEwen told the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. Sarah is one of several student coordinators working on the project.

Other Sturgis students joined her to help fold and display 1,000 paper cranes to help support the relief efforts in Japan. The group asks for a minimum donation of $1 for each of the cranes. The donor can choose whether or not to write a message on the crane. All money raised will be donated to the American Red Cross.

"The idea of folding cranes is highly significant on a symbolic level," said junior Brianna Juaire, another student coordinator. "It also seemed like a way to counteract tragedy with beauty, as well as to encourage participation for the cause."

The fundraiser is growing in donations and in popularity each day, with both students and the people of Cape Cod pitching in to support the teens' efforts.

"The response from the student body and community has been fantastic," Brianna said. "It is so refreshing to see everyone so supportive of Cranes for a Cause."


A magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeast Japan on Friday, March 11, causing a destructive tsunami that reached the west coast of the United States. Scholastic News Kid Reporters are collecting information about the quake and its aftermath and talking to people who have family and friends in Japan and looking into how kids can help with relief efforts. Find their stories in the Earthquake in Japan Special Report.


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