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July 16, 2013

Origami lessons

Sam Allen kicks off Arts Explosion teaching paper tricks

DUNCAN — During the first day, Chisholm Trail Arts Council’s Arts Explosion had 78 children which came to the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center to learn various crafts such as tie-dye and kite-making.

Sam Allen came to teach origami Monday and today. Now a soon-to-be-senior at Duncan High School, Allen was once an Arts Explosion student.

“It’s great, I love to volunteer,” he said. “I’ve never been in charge and (the kids) have a lot of energy.”

Allen had learned origami from another CTAC volunteer, Cindy Parks, who is now serving her second year as CTAC president. On Monday, Allen focused teaching the students how to make paper cranes. In return, the kids taught him a little about teaching.

“It takes a lot to keep them focused,” he said. “But they’re excited to learn.”

Working side-by-side in groups, the children listened to and watched Allen take them through the steps of creating a paper crane. They colored and decorated them as they desired.

“It’s fun and we test our skills to see how high we can work,” said Andrew Funkhouser.

Xavier Zimmerman said, “We get to have fun and not have to do things like chores like we do at home.”

Halfway through the first day, Darcy Reeves, CTAC executive director, said her first year of being in charge of Arts Explosion was going well. She also expressed appreciation for Allen being able to step into a leadership role.

“I’m glad he stepped in and we’re lucky to have him,” she said.

“I’m having a good time, everything has been pretty organized and the kids are excited.”

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