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Brookline students give thank you cards to emergency workers

Posted by Brock Parker  May 3, 2013 06:34 PM

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Brookline Police Sergant Bob Murphy shakes hands with Lincoln School Kindergartener, Collins Maguire, 6, during the school’s “Thank a Helper” event in the school’s gym Friday. Photo courtesy the Lincoln School.

More than two weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, students at Brookline’s Lincoln School presented thank you letters to emergency workers and other first responders Friday morning.

Students at the Kindergarten through 8th grade school spent the week drafting thank you cards, notes and letters to first responders who helped save the lives of the people injured in the April 15 attack, according to the school.

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Brookline Police Officer Keith Lacy greets Lincoln School First Grader Rosemary Cheng, 6, at the school’s “Thank a Helper” event. Photo courtesy the Lincoln School.

The school called the letter writing project “Find a Helper” in reference to the late “Mr. Rogers,” Fred Rogers, who quoted his mother saying that you can always look for and find people helping.
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Boston Police Officer Juan Seone, Brookline Police Officer Tim Stephenson, and first graders Felix Destin, 7, Maxima DaSilveira, 7 and Gil Arkin, 7. Photo courtesy the Lincoln School.

Friday morning, representatives from Brookline and Boston police and fire departments, as well as nurses, doctors and others came to the Lincoln School on Kennard Road and received letters from the students.

“We wanted to find a way to address what happened, while also giving our students an opportunity to express their feelings in a positive, constructive way, said Lincoln School Principal Kristen Herbert in a press release Friday. “This hit close to home for many of our students.”

According to the school, parents of Lincoln School students were among the police, fire and emergency medical technicians who responded to the bombing. Several nurses and doctors who treated victims of the attack are also parents of Lincoln School students, and many families of children at the school were close to the victims or were at the finish line at the time of the explosion.

Brock Parker can be reached at brock.globe@gmail.com

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