School kids respond to Caine’s cardboard arcade

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Caine Monroy is capturing people’s hearts with his cardboard arcade in East Los Angeles.

Last week, I wrote a blog post about a 9-year-old boy who built an arcade from cardboard boxes in his father’s used auto parts store in East Los Angeles. This industrious kid created a series of elaborate games that inspired a filmmaker named Nirvan to capture Caine’s story in a short documentary.

The 10-minute Vimeo film quickly went viral and has been viewed more than 2.5 million times by adults and children all over the world. (If you haven’t seen it, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post and watch it. I promise that you’ll be touched and will probably shed a few tears of happiness!)

A teacher at Lafayette Elementary School in Lafayette, Calif., showed the video to her first-grade class and said her students were so touched by Caine’s story that they decided to write him letters. Tina Skuce scanned a few of those letters and kindly shared them with SFGate.

The letters are all very sweet and the authors are eager to offer up suggestions for Caine. One student tells him to make a skee-ball game and a moving basketball hoop. And another kid suggests that Caine start serving lunch so visitors don’t have to leave and can just play games all day. Smart kid!

I’ve pasted the letters below, and hope that you’ll all show support for the Lafayette first graders.

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