Posted on June 20, 2011
A Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce "Cows Come Home" cow that was designed and painted by local artist Nini Crane lives at the Orchard School in honor of the life of Amelia Sperry. Amelia had fallen in love with the cow when it was displayed on Church Street and the cow was chosen as an ideal choice to honor Amelia, not only because of the joy she derived from the cow, but because kids of every age relate to the warm and friendly creature. Amelia's Cow is being used to help the Orchard School's children heal from the loss of Amelia following a tragic bike accident in 2010.
Nini Crane has repersonalized the cow by adding an abundance of hearts and Amelia's name in conspicuous places. Working with Amelia's classmates, Nini helped them construct paper mache and paint handcrafted cow structures molded out of milk containers, inflated balloons, and cardboard paper towel rolls. The mini-cows were used as part of a celebration of Amelia's life on May 27, 2011 which would have been Amelia's 7th Birthday.
R.E.M. Development was the original sponsor of the cow for The Cows Come Home event and was honored to be able to donate the cow to the Orchard School.