Torrey Pines Elementary-UCSD students join hands for Japan


By Virginia Gordon


Torrey Pines Elementary School students in the Wednesday UCSD Afterschool Program recently made origami cranes to raise money for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

The crane project was in conjunction with the Students Rebuild “Paper Cranes for Japan,” which will donate $2 for every completed crane.

Miki Kihara, a visiting scholar from Japan, described the devastation and the problems faced by survivors, including some of her relatives. Six-year-old Adrian (referring to the tsunami) asked Miki, “Was your family hurt by the…the salami?”

Fourth-grader Luis, wanted to make 2000 cranes.

Together, the children and their UCSD buddies folded 106 paper cranes, raising $212.

The Torrey Pines-UCSD program provides enriching activities and tutoring assistance for children who are bused to the school from low-income communities under San Diego Unified School District’s Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP). Funded by the state, the Torrey Pines-UCSD afterschool program creates pathways to higher education for children whose parents do not have a college education.

UCSD students participating in the joint Torrey Pines program are fulfilling a service-learning requirement for graduation.



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