Symbols of peace and good wishes are sent to Fukushima students

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STUDENTS at a Grantham school are sending good wishes over to their Japanese friends in the shape of origami paper cranes.

Each student at Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School made a colourful paper crane, and they will all be boxed up and sent over to Minami High School in Fukushima, Japan.

The Grantham school has formed a strong bond with Minami over the past 18 years through a regular foreign exchange programme.

So when news broke of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the girls were concerned for their friends’ safety. And when explosions began at the nuclear plant in Fukushima, those fears were heightened.

Luckily, the school was empty on the day of the earthquake.

KGGS community liaison worker Claire Wilding said: “On the day of the earthquake and the tsunami, Minami High School had a teacher training day so no students were on site at the time.

“Although the school and the local area have seen terrible devastation, to the best of our knowledge everyone at the school is safe.”

The origami paper cranes carry a legendary promise that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The crane has gone on to become a symbol of peace.