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Raymond students use origami skills to show they care

Union Leader Correspondent

June 14. 2018 12:40AM
Raymond Police Chief Michael Labell speaks with Lamprey River Elementary School second-graders Jewelianna Cruz, left, and Alyssa Powers after receiving a bundle of origami paper cranes on Wednesday. (Jason Schreiber/?Union Leader Correspondent)

RAYMOND — It took several months, some folding skills and a lot of patience, but 14 second-graders at Lamprey River Elementary School have reached their goal of making 1,000 origami paper cranes that they hope will bring good luck to firefighters and police officers when they’re on the streets.

Students in Christina Vogel’s class held a ceremony Wednesday to celebrate their hard work and present the cranes.

Some of the cranes were given to the Raymond police and fire departments while others will be delivered to departments around Rockingham County.

During the presentation, each student shared a thought on the project. They explained the history of the colorful origami cranes and how making 1,000 cranes as part of the ancient Japanese tradition is said to make a special wish come true.

The students wished for all police officers and firefighters to be safe on their jobs.

“We hope whenever the firemen and policemen and women look at the cranes they know how much we care about them and that we are grateful for everything they do for us every day,” student Troy Carpenter said.

The project began in February and was spearheaded by Vogel, a long-term substitute teacher who took over the classroom when second-grade teacher Emily Pattison left on maternity leave.

Pattison’s departure was tough for some of her students because they missed her, but Vogel said the project helped them adjust.

“I wanted to give them something big that we could work on together to get them excited and they did it and they loved it,” she said.

Some of students made as many as 100 cranes.

“It was hard at first, but it got really easy,” said Isabella Gott, 7.

She’s not sure how many she folded. “I didn’t count, but I made a lot,” she said.

Parker Riley, 8, agreed that it was tough to figure out how to fold the cranes, but he caught on.

“It became easy. I started making a lot and then I stopped,” he said.

Raymond Police Chief Michael Labell took a bundle of 50 cranes that he plans to pass out at the police station. He said he was honored that the students thought of the first responders.

“I think that it is a great sign of the care that we have for each other here in the community of Raymond and I think it’s important that the children and the families of the children know that it is mutual feeling. We care for them and their families as much as we care for us,” he said.

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