The Driver Middle School Student Council, in conjunction with the DMS Yearbook student staff, completed a recent service learning project as they created 12 large blankets for Project Linus.
Project Linus is a national non-profit organization with a two-fold mission to provide a sense of security and warmth to seriously ill, traumatized or needy children with handmade blankets, and to provide a service opportunity for the benefit of children.
The Project Linus organization collects "homemade" blankets locally and distributes them to children in hospitals, shelters, social service agencies, and "anywhere a child might be in need of a big hug." The entire DMS Student Council, along with DMS Yearbook staff members Stephen Larison, Amelia Gonnella, Dylan Felty, Claire Hammerschmidt, Anna Smith, Josh Kianka, Kaitlin Bowen, Kaitlyn Heath, Morgan Lavy, Cora Bechteler, Emma Beaulieu, Natalia Dempsey, Kim Togni, Michael Clark, Hailey Fogg and Erica Balman raised more than $150 to purchase materials for the project. The students worked after school for three days to create twelve warm and comfortable blankets for children in need. Michelle Cappelletti, Student Council faculty advisor, delivered the student made blankets to the New Hartford Chapter of Project Linus on Saturday, Jan. 16. New Hartford was the recipient of the blankets as they are the Project Linus chapter with the highest current need.
The DMS Student Council and Yearbook students who actually made the blankets were Steve Hogan, Roxy Novak, Jordin Wentworth, Mike Clark, Tom Keegan, Connor Donovan, Telsea Fey, Ellen Fichera, Shelby Nye, Jackie Madden and Clare Manahan.