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Students at Brentwood create mile-long Valentine's Day paper chain

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 7:24 am

For the past three weeks the 500 students at Brentwood Elementary School have been creating a mile's worth of paper chain, a “Chain of Love.”

The chain was the idea of Heritage Park nursing residence's marketing director, Terri Miller. Marilyn Nolan, counselor at Brentwood, 3710 Stafford Drive, said they have done projects with the nursing residence for the past four years.

Normally the 15 students on the student senate have done the projects, but this year, with the bad weather and the size of the project, they enlisted the help of the whole student body. Heritage Park residents are also making a mile's worth of chain, and when the two are put together it will represent the two miles that separate the school from Heritage Park.

Past projects with the facility have include making Valentine's Day cards and bud vases, spring cards, reading with the residents and helping out at their chicken barbecue. At the moment no plan exists to physically connect the two chains, due to the weather, but Nolan said maybe later this spring they will link up.

Wednesday morning fifth-graders were sacrificing a few minutes of their lunch break to work on the project. Armed with strips of colorful paper and staplers, teams of two worked side by side. One held the ends of the paper-link together, the other stapled. Once they used up their paper they connected to their neighbors, then to the row behind them, and eventually the whole room was connected.

Nolan said with all the bad weather days and two-hour school delays it has been a real challenge getting the chain completed.

“This project has really been exciting for the residents at Heritage Park and for our kids,” Nolan said with a smile.