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Students release butterflies at Lexington preschool

Benji Barnett, 5, got a close look at a painted lady butterfly Wednesday from assistant teacher Livi Rubin at the Jewish Preschool of Lexington.
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Benji Barnett, 5, got a close look at a painted lady butterfly Wednesday from assistant teacher Livi Rubin at the Jewish Preschool of Lexington.

It was the day everyone’s been waiting for at the Jewish Preschool of Lexington at the Chabad Center.

Twenty-two students, ranging in age from 3 to 5, released the butterflies they raised from caterpillars into a flower bush in front of the school.

“It’s really hard to let them go,” said Vicky Benedek, the center director. “They think it’s like a special pet.”

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The students said a prayer and sang a song while releasing the butterflies, she said.

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Raising and releasing the insects while learning about them has been a tradition at the school for about decade, Benedek said.

“They love to see the whole process from when they get it in a little container,” she said. One of the most exciting parts is waiting for them to hatch from their cocoons.

Alli Knothe can be reached at aknothe@globe.com.