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posted Apr 5, 2017, 3:40 PM by Kristin Hernandez
Three students standing in front of a display of paper cranes.
Photo: Rancho Verde's Read 180 Readers of the Month show off a wall of paper cranes, each symbolizing books their classmates have read. 

Rancho Verde Elementary School's Read 180 room is filled with nearly 1000 paper cranes, thanks to the hard work and dedication of the program's fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. 

Earlier this year, teacher Christie Beal read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes to the students in her Read 180 class. The story is about a young Japanese girl who acquires leukemia during a time of war, and places an emphasis on cranes as a symbol of hope. Beal put a plan in place to give her students hope as they continued to improve their reading skills. For every book a student read, they had the opportunity to make a paper crane with their name and the name of the book they read, and hang it in the classroom. The class is nearing 1000 cranes and is expected to reach their goal soon. 

Great job, Rancho Verde Readers!