Country School students recently participated in an origami project to benefit Japanese children affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. In exchange for each crane, Carter's the children's clothing company, will donate an article of clothing to a needy child in Japan.

"This project gives our students an opportunity to help Japan during this severe time of need," Kathy Ventura, parent association community service liaison, said. "The whole origami process takes real commitment; our students have taken on that challenge, and understand the importance of helping others by giving something of themselves."

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Ventura said students studied different themes in the course of the project including current events and the damage of natural disasters. They also gained a deeper appreciation for the Japanese culture. Ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury. The cranes are on display in the school's cafeteria.

Carter's goal is to raise $50,000 for every origami crane received by April 25.

New Canaan Country School is an independent school serving 621 students from lower Fairfield County from beginners through ninth grade. Founded in 1916, the school is located on 75-acres just west of the town of New Canaan.

For more information about Country School, contact Jennifer Christensen, director of communications at or 203-801-5679.