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Prefecture enlists school children for peace project

Date Posted: 2002-07-04

The first Okinawa Peace Award Ceremony is scheduled to be held in August at the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman City. Planners of the event would like to decorate the ceremony with 100,000 paper cranes that are traditionally considered wish-come-true charms. To achieve the goal, they have turned to local elementary schools and are asking students to make cranes. They are also asking children to write a message inside each crane before folding.

Students in Maejima Elementary School in Naha City started to make cranes a month ago, and have completed over 600 cranes so far. A student at the school said that he wrote that “I wish everybody to be happy!” inside cranes he had completed. He went on to say that most of his friends had written similar messages in their paper cranes, but had seen one of his friends to write “I would like to raise funds for UNICEF!”

A member of the Okinawa Peace Award Committee said that they welcome paper cranes from anyone. “We need people’s help and would like everyone to participate in this campaign,” she said.

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