Tavelli Elementary students recently raised $678.72 for the Japanese relief fund to go toward recovery efforts from the massive earthquake and tsunami. Third graders were studying about Japan when the natural disaster hit. Tavelli third- and fifth-grade students also made 1000 cranes to send to the children of Japan. The senbazuru (1000 paper cranes) sends the message of good health, hope, and peace.
Tavelli third-grade teacher Eileen Heath recently had the opportunity to speak at a Japan America Society of Colorado meeting. The organization will give 100% of the money Tavelli raised to Japan and they will also send the cranes.
Students at Lesher Middle School, an International Baccalaureate School, recently raised $2,000.07 in spare change to aid earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan.
Lesher’s National Junior Honor Society created a Penny War competition among the grade levels to encourage students to deposit their loose change. Pennies counted as positive points while all other money counted against the class. Students strategized placing bigger change in each other’s “banks” while raising pennies for their own classes. Ultimately, Lesher’s sixth graders won the Penny War.
“We wanted to help out without asking for a lot of money,” explains NJHS president Sofya Norman, “Nearly everyone has loose change that they don’t use or think about. When we put it all together, it adds up.”
Students in the Kindness Club at Beattie Elementary folded origami cranes to help raise money for the victims of the tsunami in Japan. Check out the Channel 10 video: