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Students make blankets as community service

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Fifth-graders at Florence Rideout Elementary School made blankets for charity. (Brandon Latham / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript) Staff photo by Brandon Latham—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript...

  • Cheri Willems knots the fringe of a blanket at Florence Rideout Elementary School. Staff photo by Brandon Latham



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:22AM

In Florence Rideout Elementary School, the enrichment program is designed for students to get a chance once each week to do something extracurricular.

When a group of fifth-graders’ surveys said they were interested in arts and crafts and community service, Kristina Levick went to A.C. Moore and bought yards and yards of fleece.

Every Monday, she and the 11 students make blankets that will be sent to various nursing homes and children’s hospitals, active troops and homeless shelters.

“It’s amazing that this group of kids is so dedicated to helping the community,” she said.

The enrichment program is a second-year schoolwide endeavor that Levick said comes from the philosophy of getting students trying new things.

Levick is also the music teacher and band and chorus director at Florence Rideout and Mason Elementary School.

“This also gives me the chance to show the kids I can do more things, too,” she said. “In addition to music, I also love to sew.”

She also leads yoga lessons for younger students in another enrichment program.

This group of fifth-grade students will make, they hope, 15 blankets and scarves during their eight weeks. Some have frogs on them, others wacky patterns.

“The next project is to narrow down where they send them to,” she said. “These guys really wanted to send them to a children’s hospital and we’re looking for nursing homes in the area, and we have a teacher who has a child in the National Guard, so we’re going to send him one.”

For the students, the service is just as important as the fun.

“My favorite thing about it is that we’re sending them to the troops because I’m from a military family,” Andrew Goss said.

His great-grandfather was in the Air Force, starting a family tradition reaching all the way to his parents, who are both in the Army and met while in the Corps of Cadets are Norwich University. He says he also has relatives in the Marines.

“That’s why I think this is important,” he said.

Lexi Searles said she likes imagining the blankets being used by those who need them: “I like making them and giving them to people to keep them warm this winter.”

For others, there are simpler appeals, but ones just as special. The kids in the class said they value the time with their friends and the things they are learning.

“My favorite is hanging out with these guys,” Cheri Willems said.

Holly Church said she liked learning how to tie the edges, and added, “I wish all the blankets were for me,” because of how comfortable they look.

Cheyenne Roeillard said her favorite part is singing to the music they play while they work.

The blankets the group is making are made by tying two sheets of felt together at the edge. The sides are cut and knotted together to make blankets with two sheets for warmth and two sides for decoration. “They’re really taking this under their wing,” Levick said. “Some of them even come in during their recess to work on them and it’s amazing to see them work so hard.”