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Students fold 1,000 paper cranes to support their teacher

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Dubuque students fold 1,000 paper cranes to support their teacher Dubuque students fold 1,000 paper cranes to support their teacher
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One local group of students is showing kindness in the form of origami.

Twenty-three fifth-graders at St. Anthony Elementary School in Dubuque are folding 1,000 paper cranes for their music teacher, Teresa Koch. Her husband has cancer, and the students want to show their support.

"We had read the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes," fifth grade teacher Rose Oswald said. "Within the book, there's a legend that says if you make 1,000 paper cranes, healing and peace will be granted to you so they came up with the ideas to make 1,000 paper cranes for Mrs. Koch and her husband."

Fifth grader Katherine Schmalz said folding the cranes was difficult at first.

"Once you get the hang of it, it's actually really easy," she said. "I know how to do it by heart."

The students fold paper cranes during indoor recess, when it's too cold to go outside. They'll keep making and delivering the paper birds to Mrs. Koch's classroom until they hit 1,000.

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