SACC Art to Aid Japan

SACC paper cranes

Children in almost 30 School Age Child Care centers are participating in the Students Rebuild project, which is collecting paper cranes to aid relief efforts for Japan. The Oak Hill SACC center in Herndon, where the idea for SACC participation originated, mailed their origami cranes to Students Rebuild on April 8, 2011.

The goal of the international project is to collect 100,000 paper cranes from young people around the world. The Bezos Family Foundation has pledged to send $2 to Architecture for Humanity for each crane received. The funds will help reconstruction efforts in Japan, which was hit by a 7.4-magnitude earthquake on April 7, following a devastating March 11 quake and tsunami.

The idea to participate in the paper cranes project started with the mother of a child enrolled in Oak Hill SACC. The child brought the idea to SACC staff.

“As children, they’re often not able to do anything to help out in a situation like this,” explained Oak Hill SACC Center Supervisor Kristi Redwine. The children were excited about participating in the project because they saw that raising money by making origami cranes “was something they could do to make a difference and be part of something bigger,” Redwine said.

According to a Japanese legend, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. Students Rebuild will weave the cranes they receive into a large art installation that will be sent as a gift to children in Japan.

The children of Oak Hill SACC wanted to contribute 1,000 cranes to the cause. “They will make their goal,” Redwine said. The combined total number of cranes that will be sent from the 28 participating SACC centers is approximately 7,500.

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