8th-Grade Students Spread Joy with Simple Folded Napkins

It’s the little things in life that can make a big difference, and for students in Prekindergarten Teacher Muffie Browne’s classroom, a simple folded napkin was enough to make their day go from good to great. The napkins were the work of 8th-grade students in the 11:05 a.m. lunch who, for weeks in a row, took it upon themselves to fold napkins in the shape of boats and leave them for the next group to sit at their lunch table, which happened to be Browne’s class. Browne’s students were so delighted with the napkins that they learned how to make origami Willie the Wildcat shapes to present to their 8th-grade friends as part of a special thank-you.

“Every day, the children were so happy to find their napkins magically folded, and they were quite curious to discover who was making the napkins look so fantastic,” said Browne. “They were excited to meet the 8th-grade buddies in person and give them our thank-you note. It was so sweet to watch the PK friends beam with pride as the 8th-graders read the words on our thank-you note and took their own Willie the Wildcat to keep.”

“I love that the PK friends enjoyed our napkins,” said Lauren Glusman ’21. “When I was in PK I loved seeing the older kids, and when they did something for me it meant so much. It feels great to know that I am now the older kid who is making younger kids happy.” Added Neil Dogra ’21, “When the PK students came to greet us, I was very surprised. I thought the napkin folding was just a silly custom at our table. I didn't expect the napkins to bring joy, but I’m delighted that they did!”
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