Woodland Intermediate School creates 1,000 paper cranes to support third grader

When one of their own third-graders suffered a life-threatening medical condition and underwent surgery, the entire staff and all of the students at Woodland Intermediate School rallied to provide support and inspiration by creating 1,000 origami paper cranes by hand, raising donations, and holding special assemblies.

While at home in April, Woodland Intermediate School third grader Harley Gatica complained about a headache and suddenly passed out. His parents called 911 immediately, and an ambulance rushed Harley to a nearby hospital where he was diagnosed with a bleed in his brain requiring life-threatening surgery.

In addition to making paper cranes, the school collected funds and other donations for Harley throughout the remainder of the school year. At a recent school assembly, students wore shorts and hoodies, Harley’s favorite attire, and Principal Steven Carney took a panoramic photo of all the students cheering for Harley’s return. Harley has recovered from his injury and plans to return to school this fall.