Thursday, September 05, 2002

Blanket-making teaches teamwork

This life skill will help others

By Sue Kiesewetter,
Enquirer contributor

        FAIRFIELD — Sixteen blankets are neatly folded on a table in Janet Running's Life Skills class at Fairfield Middle School.

[photo] Shaklea Fisher, 13, (right) works on a blanket in Life Skills class.
(Steven M. Herppich photo)
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        The yellow, pink, red, and black fleece blankets are adorned with flowers, teddy bears, airplanes and rocket ships. Soon, they will be put in Fairfield police cruisers to be given to frightened or traumatized children.

        For two days, 58 eighth-graders worked in small groups on the “no sew” blankets as part of a unit on community, Ms. Running said. It's part of the Cincinnati Chapter of Project Linus, a 10-month-old, volunteer, nonprofit organization that makes blankets for police, firefighters, hospitals and community organizations to give to infants, children and teens. The group provides patterns and instructions for several different types of blankets.

        “I think we did a good thing because it's helping the people that need it,” said Shakiea Fisher, 13. “We're not just doing it for the fun of it.”

        Divided into small groups, the students cut a 4-inch square of material out of each corner of the blanket. Then they cut each side into small pieces of fringe, measuring one-half to three-fourths of an inch wide, about 4 inches long. Each piece of fringe is then knotted.


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