The Mitten Project
It was a typical classroom assignment that turned into a unique classroom mission. Loveland Primary School (LPS) second-grade students listened intently as their teacher, Jennifer Hilton, read Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant, and The Mitten by Jan Brett.
“After reading these stories, we talked about how miserable we would be without gloves or mittens in the cold,” said Hilton. “We were inspired to do a service project of collecting new and used gloves and mittens for people in need.”
The class completed the project exceeding their original goal of collecting 75 winter items; they were able to donate 94 hats, scarves and pairs of gloves/mittens to The Loveland Initiative, a group that can pair the donations with recipients. Hilton plans to continue The Mitten Project with students next year.
“It is a lesson in giving back that I feel our students need exposure to,” said Hilton. “They were so proud of what they were able to accomplish; I was equally proud of their efforts.”
Photo caption: Mary Hensley from The Loveland Initiative accepts donations from LPS second graders Olivia Raby and Nick Dressel