On Dec. 19, a Boardman school bus loaded with students made the trip to Akron Children's Hospital on Market Street to deliver fleece blankets to be given to children who are in-patients.
The blankets were part of a project for WEB leaders from Boardman Center Middle School. WEB stands for Where Everyone Belongs, a program that enables older students to be mentors for younger students at the school.
''We've been working with Akron Children's Hospital since September,'' said WEB leaders coordinator Mindy DePietro. ''We've adopted ACH this year for our kids helping kids program.''
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Boardman Center Middle School WEB leaders Erin Higgins, Fantastic Tate, Rithika Vangal, Sarah Murray, Katie Ryan and Hannah Clavin stand in front of a delivery of more than 40 fleece blankets club members made for the young patients at Akron Children’s Hospital in Boardman. The students hand delivered the blankets last week.
In November WEB leaders collected toys for the in-patients at ACH. While they were delivering the toys, the students learned of a dwindling supply of blankets. Each in-patient child at the hospital receives a blanket that they can keep. The shortage set WEB leaders in action to help fill the supply.
The WEB leaders program enables seventh and eighth graders at BCMS to work with fifth graders in a buddy program. Each WEB leader is teamed up with a fifth grader to help him or her in the transition to middle school life. When the fifth graders feel more comfortable in the middle school setting, they can focus more on their course of study. The program has helped many with the transition from elementary school.
Along with the mentoring side of WEB leaders, students also perform community service projects, such as the blanket program. WEB leaders and fifth grade teammates worked side-by-side to add the ruffles to the fleece blankets. When they finished, more than 40 blankets were completed and delivered.
Accepting the donation from the students was Arleen Carter, coordinator for the volunteer department at ACH.
''All of our in-patients will get a blanket,'' Carter said. ''The fleece blankets go very fast as they are the children's favorites.''
Carter said she was amazed with the BCMS donation. Not one blanket was the same and there was a wide variety of bright colors for patients to choose, she said.