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Lake Country Academy Eighth Grade Knit for Those in Need

Lake Country Academy students took things into their own hands to help out the less fortunate. The hat and scarf making began when Lake Country Academy (LCA) teacher, Mrs. Safly finished reading Rafe Esquith's book, Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire. One of the messages of the book was how children could make a difference. Since the LCA December Core Virtue was service, Safly thought it would give her eighth grade class the perfect opportunity to give service to those in need. Safly knew that some of the students knew how to knit. Since one of the eighth graders had spent her summer making hats for a charity organization, she asked them if they would knit things for the "knitting tree".

The students who already knew how to knit taught the others, so everyone could participate and have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Safly taught some students how to crochet and how to use the hat looms, scarf looms, and the knitting needles. Soon other people were getting involved, even some of the seventh grade boys.

To date, more than 18 hats and scarves have been made and the students have collected more than 133 supplies, which will be donated to the Salvation Army. The students plan to continue the project after the holidays. One student stated, "This is something we'll remember for a long time, and it really made a difference - for all of us."

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
December 28, 2009