Students at Bascom Elementary in Leavittsburg are learning an important lesson in giving back to the community.
Students joined a nationwide effort called Blankets of Hope which provides for those less fortunate. The organization started in New York City and has spread across the country.
Students in kindergarten to first grade learn about why the blankets are important and then they write a personalized note with encouraging words and pictures on them. The blankets and notes are then distributed to homeless shelters.
First-grade teacher Jenna May said the Labrae School District does a lot of community outreach and when she introduced the idea for Blankets of Hope, everyone was interested.
“As soon as I sent out the email asking hey do you want to participate and get your students involved, we had 100 percent participation with our students and teachers,” May said. “For the next few weeks, the all the classrooms at Bascom Elementary will be making their own blankets with the hope to give that warmth to someone who may need it more than them.”
Before the project even starts, students watch videos from the national organization about why the blankets are needed. Then, teachers explain to the students that some people in their community may not have as much as others.
“There are a lot of things going on in our community that are causing jobs and money to leave this area, so I think it’s a great thing to have the opportunity to get involved and give to those who need it,” May said.
There will be over 200 blankets donated in the next few weeks to the Warren Family Mission.