Marcellus students make paper cranes for Japan earthquake relief

The cafeterias at K.C. Heffernan Elementary School, Driver Middle School and Marcellus Senior High School were busy April 8 with students creating origami paper cranes for the Japan earthquake relief effort.

The project was organized by Marcellus Senior High School art students under the guidance of District art teachers Donna Nicholas, Tara Charles, Tim Smarzo, Fran Hagan, Shannon Femano and Cher Ferarra.

The Japan crane project is a humanitarian relief effort initiated by Students Rebuild, DoSomething.org and Architecture for Humanity and the project is described as follows:

"On Friday, March 11, 2011 a massive earthquake struck Sendai, Japan, resulting in a devastating tsunami that ravaged the coast just 180 miles from Tokyo. In response, Students Rebuild partnered with DoSomething.org to ensure students worldwide have a way to support their Japanese peers. You can help Japan by making paper cranes. These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation - $2 for each crane received - to Architecture for Humanity's efforts in Japan."

Marcellus Senior High School art students spent the lunch time at KCH, DMS, and MSHS making origami cranes. The origami paper cranes were collected through April 15 and then sent to Students Rebuild. Marcellus Central School District students created more than 1,050 cranes and as of April 11, Students Rebuild has raised more than $162,000 for the Japan earthquake relief effort.

Students Rebuild will weave all the cranes from around the world together into an art installation piece. The artistic "origami crane" creation will be forwarded to the youth of Japan as a statement of support from youth worldwide.

The following Marcellus High School art students participated in the crane making project:

Katie Moran

Samantha Daley

Megan Charles

Grace Keegan

Maggie Dunn

Sophia Beratta

Sarah Koll

Allie McVey

Allie Moran

Rachel Marra

Kendra Soliday

Eliza Bell

Jenny Linn

Austin Quinlan

Ryan Krzykowski

Olivia Higgins

Salome Stepkovitch

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