Japanese mums teaching elementary students how to make paper cranes.

Students of SJI International Elementary School ran a mini-fair, did chores at home and donated their pocket money to raise funds for Japan’s disaster victims.

The school organised a special day for the children on March 17 in which they could wear ordinary clothing instead of uniforms. For this privilege, they were charged a fee.

However, the eight- to 12-year-olds, on their own initiative, organised a mini-fair which included apple bobbing and balloon throwing contests and the sale of second hand books to raise additional funds.

Japanese mothers also worked with the students to create 1,000 origami cranes, each carrying a message of compassion. They will be strung together and sent to a school in Japan.

The total amount raised by the school was more than $10,000, which will be sent to Save the Children international charity.

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