Updated: 05/16/2014 4:35 PM
Created: 05/16/2014 3:36 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
A student at Edina High School is leaving a message of inspiration behind for her classmates on the last day of school.
The senior, who wants to remain anonymous, left 3,000 handmade paper cranes on every single desk at the high school, with the messages "you are loved" and "you are special."
“I wanted to do this at EHS because Edina is always associated with everyone being a rich kid and not caring about others,” she said. “I knew that if even one person that received a crane was positively influenced, that it all would be worth it. The legacy piece was to make sure each and every student and faculty had a great day,” she said.
In January, the senior also placed 500 cranes all over Mall of America for a similar purpose. Shortly after that event, @theprojectcrane began working on her crane project for EHS, which ended up taking around 150 hours to complete.
It took a couple months to make them all. She would do it at home while watching TV; it would take about three minutes to make one crane.
“I knew it would be a lot of work but that it would be worth it. None of my friends knew what was going on, just my family,” she said. “I believe each person has a purpose and I want everybody to know they are here on this earth for a reason.”
The student will be headed off to college in the fall. She said she will probably do the project again there.