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Jacobson students make blankets for needy kids
speak to the children,
then the students got
busy cutting and tying
the blankets. Each wrote
a letter to a foster child,
and a photograph of the
maker will accompany the
Several Girl Scout
troops from Jacobson also
joined the effort for their
community service badges,
with many creating two
blankets. Wodarcyk also
personally sewed 28 teddy
bears for the Girl Scouts
CARING FOR OTHERS: These fourth-graders at Jacobson
Elementary made blankets for foster children as a community
to donate along with the
The idea for the project
Fourth-grade students in Leslie Ireland and Tami
came to Ireland while
Adkison’s Jacobson Elementary classes are learning
FINISHED: Students in Leslie Ireland and Tami Adkison’s Jacobson Elementary class with their
seeing so many talented
about caring for other children their own age this
completed fl eece blankets that will be given to foster children in Arizona.
women sewing blankets
holiday season. for others, whether for
The teachers, with Parent Coordinator Rae in class for parents that would probably end up getting newborns, those chilled
Wodarcyk, organized a blanket project where students tossed among the packages and paper of wrapped while receiving chemotherapy treatments, for U.S.
would make fl eece blankets for children in foster care. gifts, students would be giving to a child in need.” troops and even scarves for dogs who are patients at a
They selected Arizona Children’s Association (AzCA), Students were asked to donate money or purchase veterinary hospital.
the state’s largest nonprofi t offering foster care, and wash one and a half yards of a print and solid “I was so impressed with the kindness and generosity
adoption, child welfare and behavioral health services fl eece material at nearby San Tan Village JoAnn Fabric of others sharing their talents and time that I thought
for more than 42,000 children and families throughout Store, where Ireland is also a part-time employee. that this is something I want ‘my kids’ to know,” she
the state, to distribute the warm coverings. Ireland says she enjoyed helping the kids choose says. “They should know that the little things they can
“When a child is suddenly and unexpectedly and cut their fabric, and the parents’ enthusiasm do can make a big difference in someone else’s life.
removed from their homes, they often must leave and support made her realize the impact of the Our hope is that the foster kids know that someone
behind all of their possessions,” explains Ireland. community service project. their own age really cares about them.”
“Instead of making something inexpensive and useless The teachers arranged for a foster parent to
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