Students Tie Blankets and Community Together

By KBJR News 1

December 23, 2011 Updated Dec 23, 2011 at 1:32 PM CDT

TOWER, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)---Students at Tower-Soudan elementary are working side by side to make more than 100 fleece tie blankets, enough for every student in the school.

It took an idea from one student and a group of teachers to tie the community of Tower-Soudan together in the spirit of the holiday season.

Operation Christmas Blanket took on a life of its own and extended far beyond the halls of the school.

Once word of the project got out, it took only two days for community members to donate enough money to buy nearly 500 yards of fleece.

"We put our desks together, and then we made them, some teachers cut them for us," Audrey Anderson, in the 2nd grade said.

"We had the entire class working on one blanket," Jodi Reichensperger, Adapt Staff Member said. "It seemed more family like, where every single kid is engaged in conversation."

While tying, students learn the values of teamwork and camaraderie.

Life lessons, staff members say, not easily taught.

More than 40 volunteers helped students cut and tie.

"There was competition between the bank and the credit union," Ilona Svedberg, the school's Secretary said. "It was just amazing to watch them because they were coming to get blankets or they'd be calling and say, 'bring us more.'"

"Just to see all of those people working together, tying blankets," Reichensperger said. "Something as simple as tying blankets and the kind of community you felt around that. It was pretty amazing."

Each student was allowed to use their blanket during the Popcorn, Penguins and PJs holiday party on Thursday.

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