Over the past several weeks, our second graders and their teachers have been working diligently on a very special project to help those in need in Oklahoma City.
Mrs. Vick, our teacher that helms the Lower Division Launchpad, learned from a friend of her's in the Salvation Army's Women's Auxiliary that there was a great need for blankets in the homeless shelter run by the Salvation Army.
When they heard of this need, the second grade team decided that there could be no better way for the second grade to learn about service to others and selflessness than taking on the project of producing as many quilts and blankets they could to donate to the shelter.
The teachers wanted to help the students see the project as more than just a fun craft project, and realize that the time they were putting in could impact someone's life. To do that, the teachers read "The Quiltmaker's Gift" by Jeff Brumbeau and Gail de Marcken before the project ever began.
With the assistance of generous parent volunteers, second graders cut fabric, sewed, and assembled quilts to donate to the Salvation Army.
On Monday, Dec. 10, the second grade presented their completed work to representatives of the Salvation Army, who were overjoyed by the large quantity of quilts produced.
"What made me feel good about it was that we gave it to people who didn't have anything when we were done," Zeina Homsey '29 said.