Students make blankets for hospital's NICU, learn important lesson about giving

- When kids think about Christmas, they are usually making a list of what they want from Santa. But some children at a valley charter school are learning an important lesson about giving -- one blanket at a time.

"I think it's very nice of them to donate the blankets," said Presley Kern, a 5th grader at Scottsdale Country Day School.

Kern and her classmates were making as many blankets as they could on Friday for the children at Honor Health Scottsdale Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

"We have all of our students coming in today, throughout the morning to make the blankets," said SCDS' Director, Kathy Prahcharov.

Students in kindergarten through 6th grade took part in the activity.  In this 5th grade class, students were carefully snipping the sides of each blanket to attach a ribbon.

"We are cutting slits so we can tie them with the red and the blue ties," said Kern.

And it didn't take long for the blankets to start stacking up.

"Hopefully the more, the merrier.  That way we can extend it to all the kids at the hospital," said Prahcharov.

One student's mother arranged a donation from Marriott hotels. Marriott supplied the raw material and students provided the work, learning an important lesson along the way.

"We are hoping to build a character where they give back to others, expand the world and make it a better place," said Prahcharov.  "They love to give back. They love to be kind to one another."

"I think its very important because these should be very warm," said Kern.

With the whole school helping out, the hospital should have blankets for every child there in time for the holidays.


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