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'Tantasqua Cares' about Japan relief efforts

Students fold their way to $10K for fundraiser

Students at Tantasqua Junior High School show off the origami paper cranes they made as part of Tantasqua Cares, an effort at the high school and junior high school to help raise money for survivors of the recent earthquake in Japan. (click for larger version)
April 28, 2011
STURBRIDGE — Students at both Tantasqua Regional High School and the junior high school have been more than willing to lend a helping hand to those affected by the earthquakes in Japan, spending the last several weeks participating in various endeavors to raise money for relief efforts in Japan.

Many of the students made origami paper cranes that were shipped to the Bezos Family Foundation, which is donating $2 per crane to Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan. This organization's goal is to receive 100,000 submissions before weaving them into an art installation.

"Our students made hundreds of paper cranes, and it was great to see them get involved in this project," said Lisa Lamothe, the librarian at Tantasqua Regional Junior High School.

The initiatives at both the high school and junior high school were called Tantasqua Cares, and students shipped 5,000 cranes to the Bezos Family Foundation to raise $10,000. In addition to creating origami paper cranes, students also engaged in an activity called "Three Words for Japan" by writing three words they would like to say to the survivors of the earthquakes and Japanese residents who are struggling with the devastating effects of that tragic event. Some students took this activity a step further by writing personal notes to the Japanese on cards.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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