Shields Elementary CAP fourth- and fifth-graders recently brought in a variety of fabrics to use for Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need.
The effort was also part of the the Global Read Aloud service project. The program encourages educators to pick a book to read aloud to their students during a set six-week period. During that time, they try to make as many global connections as possible. Some teachers will choose to connect with just one class, while others make as many connections as possible. Teachers can also get a community of other educators together to do a global project with, in an effort to continue connections throughout the year.
Project Linus, the activity selected by the Cape Accelerated Program class, provides blankets to children and infants in hospitals, and to teens who have suffered from trauma.
“My own children had blankets similar to these when they were born and in the NICU at Christiana Hospital,” said Meghan Catts, CAP teacher at Shields. “Because of that, this project is near and dear to my heart. I was so happy to see how excited the students were to create blankets of their own to send.”
All of the blankets created by the students were donated to Nanticoke Memorial Hospital and A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital in Wilmington.