On Tuesday, April 12th at 3:00 pm "Lights ON" after school students will be making paper cranes. Why? According to the Lights ON Site Coordinator at Washington Junior High, Kristie Sullivan, for every paper crane the school donates the OshKosh clothing company will give an article of clothing to a child affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The program is called "Cranes for KIDS".
In Japanese culture, cranes are a powerful symbol of health and well-wishes. In fact, the Japanese people believe that anyone who makes 1,000 origami cranes will have a wish granted.
Through April 25th, OshKosh will be collecting the paper cranes and sending them to the OshKosh stores in Japan to show them the support and caring of their friends in the United States. OshKosh will donate up to 50,000 articles of clothing. Sullivan says not only is it fun for the kids to make cranes...they are learning a valuable lesson to help others in need. "This project is a perfect opportunity to teach students aboutcompassion and give them a desire to help people in need. They are very excited to make the cranes and to help make a difference".