Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Members of the staff at Pioneer Elementary School donated nearly 200 hand-made blankets to children at Raphael House, a shelter for homeless children and families in San Francisco. Para-professional Linda Cordano taught several others how to make the fleece-cut blankets and teacher Adrienne Alexander made the connection with Raphael House after hearing from a neighbor about the shelter’s work.
“We put a can out in the staff room, surrounded by chocolate, and asked teachers/staff to donate a dollar or two,” Ms. Alexander reports. “We have had a couple of after-school work sessions where teachers come and cut blankets as well as spending some Saturdays at my home working on blankets. A couple of teachers have taken them home for their kids to make as service projects, some have the Girl Scouts work on them and others have just made them at home. My second graders have spent time at recess/lunch tying them as they can be a part of helping others. This seems to be project that will continue …”