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The holiday season is a time to celebrate and also a time to give back. That sentiment was echoed by Fridley Middle School 6th grade volunteers on November 20, 2018 as they worked on making no-sew scarves for those in need. This is the second year that Fridley Middle School has participated in this community service project.
As the weather gets colder, the students know that everyone in the community needs to stay warm. By volunteering their time and talents, 25 students created 35 scarves which were given to St. Philip’s Church Clothing and Food Shelf in Fridley. The scarves will be distributed to those in need throughout the winter.
“I feel really happy to be helping other people,” said 6th grade student Amina Negash. “It’s really nice to help people and to know that they are going to be warm like me.”
Jordan Akkerman, 6th grader, shared that this project is special to him. Through his actions, he can make something that will mean a lot to someone else.
“It means a lot because they get to have something from someone else,” Jordan said. “They don’t know who it is, but they just know that someone cares about them.”
Joel Weingart, 6th grade math teacher who helps to organize the project, said the students learn a lot from participating in this project.
“I think they surprise themselves,” said Weingart. “When they hear scarves and scarf-making, they are a little surprised that they are able to do it, but it also teaches them how to give back. This is very tangible and it’s something that they know is going to a place and person in need.”
Service as action is an integral part of the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB.) Students are taught and encouraged to develop a civic responsibility through kind acts and volunteering.