Tucked away in the Everett, Washington HeraldNet.com news was a tiny little blurb about crochet.
According to the HeraldNet.com article, Claire Baker's fifth grade students took on a project. Each was expected to learn crochet, complete a small piece of the project, and be done. However, these tenatious young folks didn't. In fact, they enjoyed crocheting so much, the 15 students who regularly attended the meetings opted to start an official school club, meeting once a week before school.
In order to make the hats and scarves, the club members were crocheting during their lunch and recess time.
The children were working towards a charitable crocheted donation of hates and scarves to Seattle Children's Hospital After picking up the donation in April, a hospital representative presented certificates of appreciation to the students for their donation.
Isn't this a heartwarming story? Seriously - the idea that crochet is helping those in need is not a new idea. What I like is the feeling that these students are bonding with one another through crochet. A lot of focus has been recently poured into cyberbullying and how children struggle in school with making friends and finding their place. These students are doing just that and helping others along the way.
I don't know - it just makes me think what can I be doing with my own children in the crafting realm to help them help others and to help themselves (self esteem, confidence, knowledge, skill, etc). It is not that they are not crafty, I just think it would be amazing if they had an opportunity to join in a club like the one in the article - but those clubs are not available at their schools. In fact, as disheartening as it seems, my son's middle school has a club to learn to walk in high heels *long sigh* I read that on their web page and seriously rolled my eyes at the screen, wondering what has happened to our world, our ethics, our values.... who cares if a girl can walk in high heels? ... and yes, I had a few smug comments that I'd rather not share here.
But a club to do charity crochet.... I do wish I had more time, I would petition his school and offer my time to teach kids how to crochet.
My daughter's school was requesting parents with skills to step forward to teach an afterschool course in whatever it was. I pondered some of my other skills but never thought of crochet. Perhaps this is an opportunity to begin spreading the joy of charitable crocheting. I just sit and wish I had more time. But... I think most of us sit with that same wish for whatever reason (more time to crochet, more time for work, more time for family, more time for *fill in the blank*)
I was just glad to see some recognition going to kids who are using crochet as a positive in their lives. I hope they keep up the great work. Props to them from Crochet with Cris!
Question to the Readers:
- What is your favorite charitable crochet project? Be sure you list a website if they have one!
HeraldNet.com Article: http://heraldnet.com/article/20110505/NEWS01/705059899/-1/news01