“hugs” for the Sandy Hook students

As an advisor for Madison Middle School’s community service club, KARE (Kids and Adults Reaching Everybody), I am always looking for projects where the school can get involved. Several years ago we collected red, white and blue knit and crocheted scarves for Connecticut’s Special Olympians. The following year, we solemnly gathered green and white scarves for the students and community of nearby Newtown who were coping with an unspeakable tragedy. What started as a collection of 300 green and white “hugs” for the Sandy Hook students morphed into an international collection of over 3500 scarves. In the midst of the project, I organized special knitting and crocheting classes at school in order to have more of my school involved. Other teachers picked up long-retired knitting needles to help as well.