Mrs. Carlson’s second grade classroom at Blue Creek Elementary recently participated in a “hug a heart” pillow making activity for the YMCA and Ellis Medicine. The YMCA is collecting pillows to be delivered to the patients in the cardiac care unit of Ellis Medicine, to help ease pain and aide in post-surgery recovery.
When Mrs. Carlson’s students heard that they were making the hearts for the patients, they were very excited. They picked out their own colors and made cards to go with them. The students made a total of 22 pillows.
Blue Creek Art teacher, Maya Trawinski, librarian, Abby Moynahan, and library aide, Sharri Porcelli, helped with the preparation of the project. Many parent volunteers helped as well, through their classroom presence and donation of money/supplies. In addition, students had lots of hands on help from Blue Creek’s school counselor Eileen Satterlee, child advocate Heidi Quackenbush, and support teacher Kristina LaBarge.
“It was a wonderful school effort to bring love and kindness from the classroom out into the community,” said Tricia Carlson. “Just picturing the patients using these pillows helped to bring extra smiles to our faces.”
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