Jefferson Elementary students send warm holiday cheer to Children’s Hospital

Jefferson-Blanket-Project-001-webNearly 30 girls recently gathered in the gym at Jefferson Elementary school to help make the holidays a little merrier for children affected by illness.

Working in small groups that were spread out over almost the entire length of the gym floor, the students used this “Girls’ Night Out” to team up and make no-sew blankets to be donated to the Advocacy Center at Children’s Hospital. Made of a cozy fleece material, the blankets featured bright, cheerful, colors and patterns with animals, flowers, and positive sayings. The room was a flurry of activity as students laid out the material, cut fringes on each side, then tied the fringes together to complete the blankets.

“Girls’ Night Out” is a monthly program in its fifth year at Jefferson, with mostly fourth and fifth grade students participating. The main aim of the program is to encourage character and team building amongst the participants. Organizers of the program try to do a mix of community service activities and experiences that students might not normally have an opportunity to participate in outside of school. In the past, the group has gone to the cosmetology department at Gateway Technical College for haircuts and other pampering, have had tennis students over at Tremper High School teach them the game, have gone to the Y to do yoga, rock climbing, or other activities that they might be interested in, and have done the landscaping that is in front of their own school.

The students worked quickly and intently on the blankets, many beaming with pride as they showed the finished products to the teachers and other staff on hand. After the blankets are donated and the holiday break is over, they’ll be back to their next project.
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