Brittany Rosely and Sydney Paalman liked the idea of making loom caps for newborns to raise awareness of heart problems. Besides, agreed the Forest Hills Eastern Middle seventh-graders, there’s just about nothing cuter than a baby in a tiny knitted cap.
Nearly 80 students in each of teacher Lea Sevigny’s classes loomed more than 80 hats, which will be donated to the American Heart Association’s “Little Hats, Big Hearts” project.
“The students were all inspired to do something to help,” said Sevigny, who was awarded a $750 grant for supplies to make the caps. The grant came from Learning To Give, a Michigan-based K-12 philanthropy education organization that partners with nonprofits across the country with similar missions.
As part of the effort, students prepared for the service learning activity with a lesson on philanthropy, non-profit organizations and volunteerism.They also wrote public service announcements on behalf of local nonprofit agencies of their choice.