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    Posted January 18, 2013 by
    Monterey Park, California
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    Newtown school shooting: Thoughts and tributes

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    2,000 Origami Cranes for Newtown Press Conference

    Monterey Park, Calif. – January 17, 2013 – The Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library and local Rotary Club held a press conference to discuss the origami cranes project that honors the shooting victims in Newtown, Connecticut.
    The library is the recipient of the first Origami Cranes for Peace display done to commemorate the Sandy Hook Shootings in Newtown, CT last December. Here we will teach the young library patrons how these cranes are made, how to string them together and what they mean. We made flyers that teach children how to do this. The Library Director dedicated a section near the Children's Desk on the second floor for us. There are books about Sadako and the thousand cranes exhibited there. We also gave away origami papers so that children can learn how to fold the paper the paper to make the peace cranes.

    Local students and teachers from Repetto Elementary and Mark Keppel High Schools and Rotarian volunteers participated in the construction of over 2,000 origami cranes to teach children about compassion for others and promote peace. Two rainbow cascades of cranes symbolizing the diversity of students in the city will be on display in the Children’s Department of the library for two weeks before they are sent to the Newtown Public Library where it will be displayed to honor the victims of the shootings.
    Our hope is that Sandy Hook students and parents will feel comforted to know they are not alone and are loved. We hope these cranes will bring our best wishes into the hearts of those most closely affected by this tragedy.

    Media contacts
    City of Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library Norma A. Arvizu, City Librarian narvizu@montereypark.ca.gov 626-307-1418

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