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What in Carnation! Paper Flowers and Cards for Para Los Niños and Veterans
by Dr. Susie Lyons, Middle School Serving Learning Director

For our 7th and 8th Grade SEL activities the week of March 15, we focused on community service. With Para Los Niños needing materials for their students’ spring baskets and our Veterans needing some cheer during this continually challenging time, students focused on creating colorful bouquets of large paper flowers along with handmade cards. 

Each flower that was created by students required vision and patience as layers of delicate tissue paper were folded, secured on a wire stem, and then unfolded using gentle fine motor skills. It was a challenge not to tear the fragile tissue paper, but maybe more of a challenge to make sure the tissue papers were not blown away or whipped up by the wind while we were outdoors. But our 7th and 8th graders “rose” to the occasion with this task! What “unraveled” were beautiful, colorful, and cheerful paper flowers, enough to send two full bags to Para Los Niños and three bags to create lobby bouquets for our Veterans! 

Not only were these bright DIY paper flowers a reminder of our step into spring and a way to bring cheer to our partner organizations, but they were also a good activity for those of us who don’t particularly have a green thumb. Personally, I’m not so good with flowers—you actually have to pay attention to them occasionally and give them water and all. So I love the idea of flowers made from paper—and I can’t believe how gorgeous and realistic many of them look! Plus, I really like the fact that these beautiful blooms won’t wilt any time soon. 

In addition to these flowers, students created handmade cards to wish the students at Para Los Niños and Veterans a happy spring. These cards and flowers will most certainly provide a cheerful and caring outreach from our student community. And as we all head into our break next week, don’t forget to take the time to stop and unplug, smell the flowers, and appreciate one another. 

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