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Tuesday, June 7, 2005
ONE THOUSAND ORIGAMI CRANES
Newport Students' Creations to Aid Tsunami Victims

(Newport, RI June 7, 2005) When students at the Newport Community School decided to raise money to benefit the victims of the tsunami in Southeast Asia, they didn't opt for the traditional bake sale, car wash, or penny drive.  They decided to make origami cranes, 1000 of them to be exact.

The cranes, along with $500.00 the students raised by selling many of them for $1.00 each will be presented to the American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter at the school's award ceremony next Thursday, June 16 from 5:00 7:00 at the Elk's Lodge on Pelham St. in Newport.

"The students decided to make the cranes because they are a sign of good will," says Newport Community School Director of Program Administration Gina Gallo.

"We are thrilled to accept not only the donation these kids worked hard to raise," says Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter CEO Dan Samborn, "but also the physical symbol of the cranes themselves."

The Red Cross plans to display the cranes at its annual volunteer recognition in September. The United Way has also shown an interest in displaying the students' handiwork at an upcoming event at the end of June as well, since they are a supporter of the school as well as the Red Cross.

For more information about the Red Cross and its programs and services in Rhode Island, log on to www.riredcross.org or call 401-831-7700.

All Red Cross assistance is free, thanks to contributions from individuals and organizations. The American Red Cross Rhode Island Chapter is not a government agency and relies on private donations to provide emergency assistance to Rhode Islanders in crisis.

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