I had hoped to have some kids help me deliver cranes this week, but found out late last week some news that changed the plan.  The Bezo Foundation announced that they, like our class, had far exceed their goal.  The local foundation had set out to collect 100,000 cranes, raising a total of $200,000 for the Japan Rebuild Project.  As of Friday, 460,535 cranes had been delivered to their Seattle office!  The foundation announced that they would not be accepting any cranes mailed after Friday, so I sent off the 1,250 they were expecting from our school team.  The cranes will be included in an art installation included in the Rebuild project.  Jack and I are rushing the other 2,398 cranes to an OshKosh store this morning.  OshKosh is collecting up to 50,000 cranes at their stores, which they will match with articles of clothing for kids in Japan.  I am guessing that this challenge will be met with as much love and support as the Bezo challenge, so we are going to hurry!  

Thank you all for your support with this wonderful and caring project. 
By Gabe W-H., Jackson E., Declan L.

Today is the last day of our Cranes for Japan project, and we have 3,648 cranes!!!  Lots of families have been making cranes at home.  It is fun to do and a good thing to do as a family.  Isabella's family has been making cranes, and bringing them in each time they make 100.  On Tuesday, Gabe's family surprised the class by bringing in 1,455 cranes that they have been making at home since the beginning of the project.  Gabe's aunt and grandma made most of the cranes, but the whole family helped.

Next week, during Spring Break, Mrs. Cryan Leary will be delivering the cranes to the Bezo Foundation.  Each crane will earn $2 for the Japan Rebuild project the foundation is sponsoring.  All of our hard work on this project is going to send $7,296 for the kids in Japan!!!  We are really proud of ourselves.

Thank you to everyone who supported us in this important and fun project!

A poem by Isabella S. -
Folding, folding, folding
Paper cranes is easy and fun
We have to keep 

By Harrison C., Eva S., Ian D., Rodana T. with help from the class

The number is going up 100 each day!  In the 5 school days this week, we have made 500 cranes!  The legend we learned from reading, "Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes" says that if you make 1000 paper cranes, your wish will come true.  Our wish is that nobody else in Japan will be hurt and that those hurt by the earthquake and tsunami will have more food and enough clothes and safe houses and will start to heal.

Our goal is still to make 1,250 cranes so we still need to make 250 more next week.  By next Wednesday we should be totally done.  Issac (a 3rd grader) and his family donated 1,000 really small paper cranes.  They are hung in a chain over the lights in the hallway.  They kinda look like a sea-serphant dragon's body.

Our class is reading and writing poetry and we wrote a haiku about the cranes.  
Paper Cranes - a haiku written by Mrs. Cryan Leary's class
Folding paper cranes
for the children in Japan

lots of hard folding  
Julia wrote another poem (with a little help from Bella) called 
Cranes for Japan
100, 200, 300, almost there
400, 500, 600, 700, skip a few
900, 1000 
We need 250 cranes now
1,200, 1,210, 1,220, 1,230, 1,240, 
one more
Yay!  We did our goal!
posted by Isabella S., Bella L., Ross L. & Alexander M.

We have been making cranes for 10 days and we have already made over 500!   We are hanging the cranes outside of our classroom.  Each string has 25 cranes on it and there are over 20 strings.  There are 250 cranes on each side.

At Monday Morning Assembly, Eva E., Julia, Ruby and Bella told the school about our project and asked for help.  Lots of kids and parents have helped already.  Today, we taught some of our Kindergarten reading buddies how to make the cranes.

Thanks for all your help.  Keep on folding!