By Molly Messick
Laramie, Wyo. – A group of elementary school students in Laramie has begun a project to raise one thousand dollars for Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Japan.
Jared Long is a sixth grade teacher at Slade Elementary, and he also advises the school's Japan Club. He says students have felt the need to help, in the wake of this month's earthquake and tsunami. "What we've come up with is a project to try to fold 1000 paper cranes," he said, "and this relates to an ancient Japanese legend which says that when you make a string of a thousand paper cranes it's supposed to be an offering of peace and long life and recovery."
The students are asking community members to pledge one dollar for each crane they fold. Long says the string of cranes will be on display at the school until it is complete. Then, the students hope to send the one thousand cranes to Japan, in addition to their donation.
To support the students' efforts, members of the public may make checks payable to the Slade PTA.