Fifth graders at Olney Adventist Preparatory School (OAPS) in Maryland recently spent a day making blankets for Project Linus, a national organization focused on providing a sense of security and warmth to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or in need through the gift of handmade blankets and afghans.
“I wanted my kids to be able to participate in a hands-on activity,” said Jami Walker, principal and fifth grade teacher. “Throughout the year, we encourage kids in different grades to participate in community service projects. We strive to teach students what it means to follow in Christ’s footsteps and how to find tangible ways to reach out to others.”
Fifth graders were asked to bring in $2.50 to help pay for supplies and were encouraged to donate money they received by doing an extra chore or by taking money from their allowance. Students made six blankets in various sizes and colors by tying two pieces of pre-cut fleece together. “The most popular blanket was the one with a big slice of pizza on it that said ‘Dreaming of pizza,’” laughs Walker.
Additionally, fourth graders at OAPS collected hats and gloves for those in need and, each year, the kindergarten class raises money for an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) project, an organization that delivers relief and development assistance to individuals around the globe. Among many projects throughout the years, students have worked with Montgomery County officials to pick up trash and have made and delivered goodie baskets to the local fire department.