Northdale students help the homeless

A group of Northdale Middle School students met after school weekly for three months earlier this year to help homeless families in Anoka-Hennepin School District 11.

Some of the students in the Northdale Middle School FACS Club, left to right, clockwise, Seth Sieler, Brody Snyder, Catherine Lewis, Stephanie Chhaturam, Karlee Love and Emily Everhart.

Some of the students in the Northdale Middle School FACS Club, left to right, clockwise, Seth Sieler, Brody Snyder, Catherine Lewis, Stephanie Chhaturam, Karlee Love and Emily Everhart.

The 12 students in the FACS (Family and Consumer Sciences) Club after-school program made fleece blankets, pillows, scarves and mittens.

The students also embroidered patches on the mittens and blankets.

The seventh- and eighth-graders take family and consumer classes at Northdale, but this project was strictly an after-school endeavor for the FACS Club members and did not take place during class time, according to Amanda Herman, family and consumer sciences teacher at Northdale and club adviser.

In all, 22 items were hand made, with 20 going to homeless families and two blankets to two Northdale families dealing with breast cancer, Herman said.

The students decided to donate the blankets, scarves, mittens and pillows to homeless families after taking a vote from a handful of worthy causes given to them by Herman, she said.

“They wanted to help homeless families in the district, Herman said.

The student presented their items to Karrie Schaaf, homeless youth and families liaison at Anoka-Hennepin School District 11.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com


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