The Mitten Project
At Loveland Primary School (LPS) it’s become an annual event: The Mitten Project. Under the direction of Teacher Jennifer Hilton, the past three years, second-grade students have taken a reading lesson beyond the classroom. This February, after reading Silver Packages by Cynthia Rylant and The Mitten by Jan Brett – two books that sparked discussion about how rough it would be to be out in the cold with no warm clothing – students collected nearly 100 hats and mittens to donate.
“All total, the past three years we have done this project, we have collected around 300 items for donation,” said Hilton. “Each year, I’m overwhelmed with pride at how our students are willing to help others. It is heart-warming.”
Each year, donations are made to The Loveland Initiative.
“I will absolutely be continuing this effort next year,” said Hilton. “Three-hundred items donated means 300 people have warm clothing who didn’t have it before. What a way to make a difference!”
Photo caption (L to R): Meya Merritts, Imani Evans, Ayden Buchanan, Mary Hensley from the Loveland Initiative, Daniel Flores, Jack Sauer, and Alejandro Buschur