Kids at Hermitage Springs School are taking the time to make quilts for local Clay County seniors.
Response to Intervention Teacher Makayla Emmert said when kids found out they would be making gifts for seniors they knew, the kids got on board. Emmert said with kids and family members in senior centers unable to see each other, this project kept them connected.
“That just makes it more meaningful for them and makes them want to do even more,” Emmert said. “With everything going on, they can’t go to see them specifically. So, I guess knowing that they could give them something that they actually got to make meant more to them.”
Emmert said the first batch of quilts went to seniors in Red Boiling Springs for Christmas, and the plan now is to start on more quilts for seniors in Celina. She said the impact of these quilts on the kids could be seen when her students who never want to participate in activities.
“They were like, ‘oh yeah, my grandma would love that or my aunt would love that,” Emmert said. “They really, really loved to do it. Kids that normally don’t want to participate as well. They jumped in because they were like, ‘this is a great idea.”
Emmert said the money for the quilt kits came from a donation by the Modern Woodmen to school principal Mike Gee. She said they’ve got the quilts in for the next project and will be getting to work on making gifts for Celina seniors.