The challenge is on for the community to make 500 paper cranes to match 500 made by students from Maclean High School. The cranes will each carry a positive message and will be on display in the plunge arts and culture festival’s pop-up hub in Neptune Place in Yamba’s industrial estate. The 1000 paper planes project was initiated by Maclean High School teacher, Belinda Cameron, as a way of getting students to share activities and positive messages with the wider community. Students and staff made the cranes over the past month in the school’s library, which is also known as The Hub. Ms Cameron said that as part of the process, once students mastered the art of crane making, they had to teach others so the process of teaching and learning was facilitated across all year levels. plunge coordinator, Lou Gumb, said the project had captured the community’s imagination. “We’ve had people come into to the pop-up hub specifically to make cranes for the project,” she said. “And the messages are heart-warming.” Ms Gumb said she expected there would be about 700 completed cranes by this week, leaving the community to provide the extra 300. “It’s a great way for the community to connect with each other and the school, so drop in with your paper cranes or just drop in and we’ll get you underway,” she said.