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Wednesday February 7, 2018 at 2:47pm Age: 1 year
Category: Minisink Elementary, District


Eighteen second graders signed up for “Crafting with a Purpose,” an after-school enrichment program at the Elementary School that turns students to the needs of others.


“The idea is to learn a new craft and then do something good for others with that new skill,” said Mrs. O’Connor who runs the program with Mrs. Padavano.


Students learned to make no-sew blankets and scarves, and decorative greeting cards, and soon entered production mode. At times, they were so pleased with their product, they wished to keep it. But the students themselves would remind each other of their higher purpose.


On February 1, in Mrs. O’Connor’s room, they presented their creations to representatives of Middletown’s Warming Center and Orange Regional Medical Center (ORMC).  


Marilyn Pierce, a volunteer coordinator for the Warming Center spoke with the students about the shelter’s services and operations, and the volunteers and donations that make it all possible. Mrs. Pierce accepted the blankets on behalf of the Greater Middletown Interfaith Council which founded the shelter.


Pamela Yosh, director of development for the ORMC Foundation, accepted the scarves and greeting cards for children and families served by the hospital’s pediatrics unit. Mrs. Yosh spoke with the students about what to expect during a hospital stay, including some accoutrements, such as Google glasses, Xboxes, and parent overnights.

“It’s good to do something creative and kind,” said Briana, a participating student. “And we have fun doing it together.”

Students also had an abundance of questions, observations, and refreshments for their visitors.