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5th grade students learn and share
Created By: Maureen Pfeifer

I am a fifth grade Catholic School teacher. Several years ago I began teaching my class how to knit. Originally it was just a basic introduction to casting on, the knit stitch, and casting off. I began with chop sticks (not being able to afford the supplies for 30 students). This tied into a book we were reading as a class. 4 years ago I decided to ask my school's Parents Guild for the money necessary to purchase proper needles for my class. They willing agreed. That year and each year since, my class has taken the basic skill and created prayer shawls for our local cancer hospital.

The parent, who kindly took the first group of shawls to the hospital for my class, told me of the great reception she received. Upon walking in, family members of patients quickly approached her desiring shawls for their loved ones. To her surprise, one was a woman she knew from years past. The woman requested a shawl for her father who was undergoing treatment A shawl was selected and the woman went on her way.

A few months later, the parent brought in a letter she received from the woman regarding her father. She told of how he took the shawl when she first brought it to him and immediately wrapped it about himself. He kept it with him at all times, insisting on it being beside or on him during all his treatments. Through it he found comfort and warmth. Upon his death the family decided to place it within his casket. It was their hope that it would provide him comfort in death as it had in life.

Each year, I recount this to my new class so that they will understand that even though their hands are small and their knitting skills new, they can make a difference in the lives of others. Their shawls often are crooked, tied with different color yarn to catch dropped stitches, and unique in their design. They are always made with the love and innocence that 10 and 11 yr. olds bring to all they do. The boys and girls take away the joy of knitting and giving to help others.

It is wonderful what a little yarn and a couple needles can do!

Maureen Pfeifer - Teacher

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