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As old Japanese legend has it, anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will be granted a wish. And as an elementary school in Northern California understands it, if 1,000 schools nationwide can each fold and donate 1,000 paper cranes (and $1 per crane), then together, they can send one million paper cranes and $1 million to the place where the legend began.
One Million Cranes was founded and organized by a few parents and their kids as a way to talk about the natural disasters and current instability in Japan.
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To participate, you can register your school or group here, and after learning how to fold origami cranes (this YouTube instructional video is pretty good or here's a visual step-by-step), kids can hang their creations in the classroom or community.
The One Million Cranes organizers then ask that participants donate $1 per crane (donations will have to be organized by a local school or group facilitator) and that each $1000 raised is donated to the the Red Cross relief effort in Japan given in the name of "One Million Cranes for Japan from [your school or group]."