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Md. students seeking help sending origami messages of peace to Sochi Olympic athletes

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CHEVY CHASE, Md. -

The Winter Olympics are just days away, and as you probably know by now, there are security concerns.

Some Maryland school kids are doing what they can to try to make sure the athletes are safe. But they need a little help delivering on their promise.

Sometimes a simple piece of paper can send a message of peace a world away.

“There's this ancient Japanese legend that pretty much says that if you make a thousand cranes with a specific wish in mind, the wish will come true,” said student Elsa Friedmann.

These children from Chevy Chase Elementary School in Chevy Chase, Md., are writing messages of peace to athletes participating in Sochi.

At first it was just for the U.S. athletes, but then a student asked if they could do it for all the athletes.

They turned the messages into origami cranes.

Origami requires a lot of patience.

“It's sort of calming. I mean, not really, because everyone freaks out,” said Friedmann.

Making these cranes isn't the only tricky part. They have to figure out how to get all 1,000 of them to Sochi. And not just to Sochi, but into the hands of Olympic athletes. They are not sure how to do it and they are hoping somebody with some connections comes forward to help.

“Some athlete is going to stick their hand in their pocket and pull out this crane, and open it up and read this peace message from a child in the United States,” said Principal Jody Smith. “And wouldn’t it be nice that a Russian athlete or somebody from Israel or somebody from South America has a crane that says peace for all athletes.”

Soon, cranes from every classroom started rolling into the main office.

One student said, “I think it's very important to keep this world safe and peaceful.”

“Peace is really something that the world needs right now,” said another student.


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