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Crochet Teaches a Life Lesson

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Crocheters, more than anyone, know the joy and satisfaction that using crochet for the benefit of others brings. I'm sharing this heartwarming story about high school students in Iowa in the hopes that this great idea can be replicated by some of you who have high school children of your own. It is also a worthwhile idea to pass on to students or sponsors looking for service projects.

On Dec. 19, 2012, Allison Ullmann reported in The Globe Gazette about a group of high school students attending the North Iowa Area Community College's Health Academy class who provided blankets to seniors at a care center. These students made some 50 blankets as part of their service project, and for many of them, it was their first time crocheting. It was a gratifying experience not only for the senior citizens but for the students as well.

Here are some of the students' comments about their experience:

Jordon said he enjoyed crocheting the blankets and wanted to crochet more: "It was peaceful, cleared my mind and gave me something to do."

Erik said his favorite part of the exercise was: "giving [the blankets] to them and seeing how people reacted to them."

MiKayla said the residents' reactions were heartwarming: "I liked seeing their expressions and seeing how they enjoyed it."

Angela Wirth, marketing director for the senior center, observed, "I think it's important for kids to learn about giving back without getting anything in return except a smile. It's an important lesson to learn."