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Lompoc students create thousands of paper cranes in support of seriously injured teenage girl

Posted at 6:16 AM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 12:17:59-05

Students at Lompoc Valley Middle School create thousands of paper cranes filled will generous messages for a fellow student recovering in the hospital.

Evelyn Navarro, 13, of Lompoc remained hospitalized Thursday after she was hit by a vehicle and suffered serious injuries on Sunday, Nov. 4.

Navarro was hit by a driver while crossing the intersection of L Street and College Avenue in a cross walk in Lompoc.

Navarro was flown to a hospital in Los Angeles where she is being treated for a broken spine, broken ribs and internal bleeding in her head.

Police say the driver was not speeding or impaired however, whether or not the driver was distracted is still under investigation.

Students create senbazuru Courtesy: Krystal Thiessen

According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, Navarro is out of intensive care, but still recovering in the hospital.

Navarro is an 8th grade student at Lompoc Valley Middle School, where students have gone the extra mile to show their support.

All together, the students have made 1,405 “cranes of hope.” They are paper cranes that will be stringed together to make a final product called “senbazuru.”

According to Japanese culture, folding 1,000 paper cranes gives you a chance to make a special wish.

Inside the paper cranes, students wrote notes of good wishes, and things they love about her, hoping this will give her encouragement as she gets better.

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