Bookcliff students making blankets for U.S. soldiers

American soldiers overseas soon will have the comfort of fleece blankets made by Bookcliff Middle School students.

Students in Laura Johnson’s Morning Meeting class have been working on the blankets since the beginning of the week.

The eighth-graders plan to ship the blankets to a military-recovery center somewhere in the world by the end of next week through the national Soldiers’ Angels project, which delivers blankets, cards, backpacks and other support to veterans, current military personnel and their families.

Service projects are one part of Morning Meeting classes, which happen in classrooms throughout the middle school at the start of each school day, sort of like a home-room class.

The school instituted Morning Meetings last year as an opportunity for students to start the day by greeting each other and working on activities together.

Building character is a theme among Morning Meeting classes this year. Johnson said her students wanted to work on character-building by supporting the troops.

She heard about Soldiers’ Angels from a neighbor and suggested the idea to her students. Students also are collecting nonperishable items for soldiers throughout the year.

Bookcliff student Brandon McNeill, 13, said he is happy to make the blankets, which involves placing one length of fleece over another, cutting into the edges of each piece and tying the loose ends together.

“It’s nice to be able to give them something after they put their lives on the line for their country,” he said.

Jessie Johnson and Starr Lynn Howard, both 13, said they wanted to help people who had helped their nation. They also want to help others in the community and are working with the class on a canned-food drive.

For Jessie Johnson, the motivation is “that little warm fuzzy feeling inside that you’ve helped somebody.”

Laura Johnson said she’s not sure what her students will work on next, but they probably will take on a local community-service project around the holidays.


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