Some gifted and talented kids at Parkway's Craig Elementary are hoping to give a $1,000 gift to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund.
They read a book on Japanese culture and learned about origami and how to fold paper into the shape of a crane. Then a couple of students had a thought... Let's make some cranes, sell them for a dollar each and send the money to help the Japanese.
Their teacher, Dan Sample loved the idea so much he emailed us about it. We decided to come out and see what the kids were up to and talk to them about their motivation.
These 4th graders understand what's happening and appreciate the opportunity to play a small role in helping Japan recover from these natural disasters.
It takes a while to get the hang of origami but it looks to me the kids are close to mastering it. They say it will take them weeks to make a thousand of them but it will be worth the effort.
I've got a pretty cool looking crane on my desk right now.
Mark Schnyder is a reporter at KMOV-TV. He can be reached at MSchnyder@kmov.com