Throughout this year Stage IV students, teachers, families and friends, from as far away as Vermont, Maine, and California, have been knitting and crocheting 8″ x 8” squares that were then assembled into beautiful blankets and donated to Alternatives for Girls (AFG). This year for the first time, one of our Upper School homerooms created a blanket; many of those students, as well as teacher Hale Williams ’09, were lower school knitters!
This project began in 2010 and has grown from our first donation of seven blankets to 22 this year. AFG founder and CEO Amy Goode was on hand at the annual Lower School Walk-a-thon, to receive the donation and tell students about her organization, which provides a home and education for homeless or at risk young women in Detroit. Amy is also the mother of Roeper grads Ann ’11 and Justin ’13 Finkel.
Kudos to every student in Stage IV: everyone contributed at least one square, and two homerooms took part in blanket assembly. Special thanks go to the moms of homeroom teachers Elise Lind and Scott Vartanian, who contributed many, many squares, took part in assembly and finishing, and are two of our biggest supporters. We couldn’t do it without them!
Many thanks to Starr Williams ’03 (in Chicago), who once again lent her creative talents to finishing several blankets, and finally, to alum parent Bob Williams who not only photographs all of our blankets every year, but also, for the second year, knit a square.
This is an ongoing Stage IV community service project. We welcome contributions from anyone interested in being part of it; while we ask for 8″ x 8″ squares, no donations are refused, no matter what size, after all, it’s the thought and love put into it that counts. Donations of yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks are also gladly accepted.
Sue Williams, firstname.lastname@example.org
L to R: Amy Goode, Carolyn Lett, Sue Williams