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Mr.Ito of the Japanese Consulate Accepts Cranes
CONTRIBUTION · 21st April 2011
Denise Pedro
Last week Roy Wilcox took part in a meaningful opportunity to show their support for the Recovery of Japan. The support project was initiated by Ms. Karen Ting, the kindergarten teacher of Japan. Along with staff and students, Ms. Ting took up the challenge of making 1000 cranes for the Natural Disaster in Japan that would be presented, in person, to the Japanese Consulate on April 8th.

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane in Japan is one of the mystical or holy creatures (others include the dragon and the tortoise), and is said to live for a thousand years. In Japan, it is commonly said that folding 1000 paper origami cranes makes a person’s wish come true.

Ms. Ting runs the Origami Club every Tuesday in her classroom, and all classes and staff participated at some level to help complete the project, and to show their empathy. In addition to the wish of recovery, Roy Wilcox collected donations with two lunch-time basketball games of staff vs. students, and Dave Perfitt, the local manager at Overwaitea donated over 120 ice creams to support the fundraiser.

On Friday, April 8th, Ms. Ting presented the completed cranes in person to Mr. Ito of the Japanese Consulate, along with the school's donation of $600 and $100 in private donations. Mr. Ito was very grateful and impressed that the 1000 cranes flew from down from the Northwest.

Crane Creators
Crane Creators
From Tokyo
Comment by M Craven on 21st April 2011
It is really touching to see how the students of Roy Wilcox care. I graduated Roy Wilcox in 1987, if you look at the Science Fair trophy you will see my name on it. I have lived in Tokyo for 13 years and my family is effected by this disaster. All of the students and teachers involved deserve praise for their efforts. I hope the cranes will safely reach Japan. I know they will brighten the spirits of children who see them.