Lasting legacy: Edina senior leaves inspiring message for peers

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When the seniors at Edina High School walked into their last day of classes, they got an encouraging message from an anonymous classmate.

Students found 3,000 hand-folded paper cranes – one on every desk in the school. Written across the wings of the cranes were messages like "You are loved" and "You are special," Edina Public Schools said in a news release.

Every fall, Edina High School Principal Bruce Locklear meets with the senior class to talk about the importance of leaving a lasting legacy to help make a better future, the school said.

The cranes were the senior's legacy.

“I wanted to do this at EHS because Edina is always associated with everyone being a rich kid and not caring about others,” the student wrote to the school on Twitter (@theprojectcrane), according to the release. “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.”

This wasn't the first time @theprojectcrane has passed on an inspiring message. In January, the senior placed 500 cranes around Mall of America.

It took the student 150 hours to make the 3,000 cranes, the school says.

“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,” the student told the school. “I believe each person has a purpose and I want everybody to know they are here on this earth for a reason.”

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