Fifth graders at Dr. Bryan C. Jack Elementary School are giving up recess to spend time in the library. It’s true. These students have more than just playgrounds on their mind, they are working together to make blankets to help people in need stay warm this winter.
Through a project they named “Warm Up Tyler” each fifth grade class collected fleece fabric throughout October. Teachers and parent volunteers have helped them transform the fabric into cozy fleece blankets that will be donated to the My Brother’s Keeper organization in Tyler.
“Each class set a goal to collect enough fabric to create 15 blankets per classroom, with most classes exceeding that goal,” C’aaron Stephens, fifth grade math and science teacher, said. “Every day this week we have had about 20 students taking shifts in the library during their recess time to actually make the blankets.”
Student Madeline Meyer says she and her classmates are excited about this project because they know they are helping people who may not have enough clothing or blankets to keep warm during the winter.
“I like that we are able to help families and that what we are doing will help keep them warm,” Madeline said. “Most kids don’t mind missing recess if it means we are helping people stay warm this winter.”
When the project is finished, the fifth graders are hoping to have made 100-120 fleece blankets.