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Greenwich Academy Sends Paper Cranes to Japan

Sometimes relief comes in small packages. That was the case for Greenwich Academy students who made more than 2,000 origami paper cranes to send to Japan. As part of a relief effort, the Bezos Family Foundation is donating $2 for each crane made.

When Greenwich Academy students returned from spring break March 28, they learned how they could help relief efforts in Japan after the devastating tsunami and earthquake March 11.

Yumi Nakanishi, director of academic technology and a parent, spoke to the students about the disaster, and the middle school girls were shown how to make paper cranes out of origami paper. By day’s end, all 800 sheets were used up. Nakanishi’s daughter Alexa showed lower school students how to make the cranes, as an expression of their hope for recovery and to get the matching gift of $2 per crane.

Girls gave up their recess time to make more cranes. One girl said, “I’m happy to know I am doing something important for a cause.” The lower and middle school halls were filled with boxes and baskets of the girls’ handiwork.

The goal of the “Paper Cranes for Japan” is to receive 100,000 cranes from children to represent 100 wishes of support and healing for the people of Japan. It will also result in a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation for reconstruction efforts in Japan.

Upper school girls followed suit, starting a video project on how to do original cranes and selling T-shirts online. The cranes made by upper school girls will add to those made in the middle and lower schools and sent to Japan for an art installation.

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