On a chilly November morning in 2009, a team of preschoolers from several Chicago schools decided to make a little bit of tradition.
As a team, the preschoolers would make a Christmas tree and decorate it with a few Thanksgiving staples.
The school would open its doors for the kids to come over and take home the Christmas tree.
This, after all, was a time of family celebrations and Christmas, and the kids were eager to help celebrate the holidays with the other kids in their school.
The kids wanted to do something unique to mark the occasion.
And so they decided to craft a craft knife.
The idea of crafting a handmade knife originated at a preschool in Chicago where a few kids made a few handmade knives.
“We thought this was kind of a cool idea,” said a preschooler, who requested anonymity to talk about the project.
This story was produced by The Center for Public Integrity and is part of the public engagement series, “We Can Do Better.”
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