Hats, baby quilts and doggie blankets – oh my. Students in two Matoaca Middle School enrichment classes spent the last ten weeks learning new skills as they were creating donation-bound items; animal blankets and human hats led by Matoaca staff members, Luanne Marsh and Sherry Marshall, tied 24 fleece cat and dog blankets that were donated to the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter. The blankets are used for added comfort for the animals in the cages. The group also created more than 20 fleece hats, scarves and hand warmers to be donated.
Handiwork Helpers, led by teacher Judi Gilliatt, learned how to sew, quilt, knit, and crochet. This group donated over 70 items such as baby blankets, lap quilts, and knitted and crocheted hats to “From the Heart,” a clearinghouse organization that distributes to local hospitals, homeless shelters and veteran’s organizations.
Both enrichment classes enjoyed the help of parent and community volunteers. The extra hands eased the learning of new skills. The initial goals of the classes were two-fold. On one hand, the teachers wanted to enrich the students with new skills that could be used outside of school. The other goal was more intrinsic. The basis of good citizenship is caring for others.
Throughout the classes, student/adult discussions focused on the needs of others and the benefits of the students’ efforts for those less fortunate.