Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

September 27, 2005

Whitworth Students to Create 1,000 Origami Cranes in Response to Hurricane Katrina

WHAT: Japanese exchange students will lead their Whitworth College classmates in creating 1,000 origami cranes, a symbol representing peace and healing, to raise awareness and funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations will be collected in all of the campus residence halls for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (www.pcusa.org/pda). The cranes will be displayed around campus as a reminder of people who are still suffering and grieving losses from the hurricane.

WHO: Working with Whitworth residence-life staff and student leaders, Japanese exchange students at Whitworth will lead others in making origami cranes, while sharing the significance of origami, the crane symbol and other aspects of their culture.

WHEN: 8-11 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, as part of the "primetime" community-building time held nightly in all of Whitworth's residence halls.

WHERE: Whitworth residence halls, including Arend, Baldwin-Jenkins, Ballard, Boppell, McMillan, Steward and Warren. See online map for locations: www.whitworth.edu/generalinformation/campus.

WHY: To provide an opportunity for the college community to unite in responding to Hurricane Katrina while allowing Whitworth's Japanese students to share a part of their culture and make connections with others on campus.


Tyler Pau, Resident Director, Whitworth College, 509-777-3271 or tpau@whitworth.edu

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