The founding opportunity for S.O.S. came in the wake of the tornadoes that damaged or destroyed many homes and schools in the Hempfield School District and the Japanese tsunami in the Spring of 2011. Castle house students collaborated together to create in-school and out-of-school service projects. 2 teams of students traveled to the Westmoreland Co. Salvation Army to help stock supplies and organize donations to be handed out to families affected by the tornado. The remaining Castle students (back at FRMS) made origami cranes to donate to an organization that would send $ to Japan for every crane created and mailed. The students read a story about the important tradition the crane plays in the Japanese culture. The students at school also made Japanese bookmarks that signify faith, hope, and love.