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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.
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.
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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]."