Third graders started their day by learning “Mary’s method of knitting.” The exercise was not only a valuable way to build fine-motor skills, but served a larger purpose. Once a week, children will develop their knitting abilities to create scarves that will be donated to Bright Beginnings, a nonprofit development center for homeless youth.
“Parents and grandparents from the Green Acres community volunteer to help our students become comfortable with knitting” explained Mary Maher, a third grade homecorner teacher. “We want younger children to recognize that their work can make the world around them better.”
When the weather gets colder, students will share the scarves they made with Bright Beginnings. The nonprofit will distribute the scarves to the 186 families it serves annually. Many third graders want to take the project further by knitting hats to accompany the scarves! No matter what apparel they decide to knit, these third grade students will learn the value of helping others.
For more information on Bright Beginnings, visit http://www.brightbeginningsinc.org/.
To learn more about Green Acres School’s service learning program, visit http://www.greenacres.org/page.cfm?p=533.