Photo by Jennifer Jansen
1) Register your school, group, or business here.
2) Provide origami paper. Any SQUARE paper can be used! Newspapers, classroom papers headed for the recycling bin, or wrapping paper will work.
3) Teach* students to fold an origami crane, then ask that those students teach other children.
*Thank you to the International Crane Foundation for these easy to follow instructions.
*Video instruction can be found here. Please note that clicking on the link will take you away from One Million Cranes, and we cannot guarantee that the linked content is appropriate for children.
4) Ask that participants donate $1.00 for the crane they make. Each crane made will mean $1 for Japan.
5) String the finished cranes together (vertical strings of 10 cranes work well) and hang them in your school, library, fire station, or other public building. Photographs can be posted and shared here.
6) Donate all money raised (with the goal of $1,000) to the Red Cross, designated for the relief effort in Japan and given in the name of "One Million Cranes for Japan from [your school or group]."
Possible ways to participate:
1. Families can make cranes at home, and bring the cranes and dollars into the classroom, where the cranes can be hung with others made by classmates.
2. Home-school families can invite others to join the effort, and those families can either display them in front of their homes, or ask to display them at a public building.
3. A class or scout troop can take on the project of each child making a crane and bringing a dollar to donate.
3. Tables can be set up at school or community events, and adult facilitators can collect money and make cranes with individuals interested in supporting the effort.
Here is a sample letter you may want to copy and paste in an email to let parents and others know about One Million Cranes:
We have registered to participate in the effort to fold 1,000,000 origami cranes and raise $1,000,000 for the relief effort in Japan. We hope you will take a moment to read about One Million Cranes:
Children from 1,000 US schools and groups will make 1,000 origami cranes, and contribute $1.00 for each crane they make. Together, our children will make ONE MILLION CRANES, and send one million dollars to the people of Japan. The origami cranes will be strung together to decorate classrooms and schools, or joined with cranes from other schools to adorn public buildings. The money raised by each individual school or group will be donated to the Red Cross for relief efforts in Japan.
Years from now, children will ask their parents what they did to help Japan. It is our vision that their answer will be ONE MILLION CRANES.
More information can be found at www.onemillioncranes.org