Sand Creek students tie it up for those in need

Sand Creek students are fit to be tied. And so, tie they did, making more than seven dozen fleece blankets and donating them to HOPE 4 Youth and the District 11 Family Welcome Center this holiday season.

Sand Creek Elementary School Principal Paul Anderson thanked students for the hard work and dedication demonstrated when they collected food, toys and clothing and tied blankets for those in need. “What an amazing job many, many hands can do when we all work together,” he said during the Dec. 20 Sand Creek Tied Together event in the school gymnasium, lined with 87 tie blankets that students made. Photo by Sue Austreng

Sand Creek Elementary School Principal Paul Anderson thanked students for the hard work and dedication demonstrated when they collected food, toys and clothing and tied blankets for those in need. “What an amazing job many, many hands can do when we all work together,” he said during the Dec. 20 Sand Creek Tied Together event in the school gymnasium, lined with 87 tie blankets that students made. Photo by Sue Austreng

Students at the Coon Rapids elementary school not only donated the tie blankets, but collected food, toys and clothing for those in need and donated those items, as well. Generous and compassionate children collected and donated more than 2,800 items and tied and donated 87 blankets during the student council sponsored Sand Creek Tied Together event.

“It’s things like this that really  matter,” said Principal Paul Anderson. “When you do things for other people … that’s what makes this a special school.”

Julia Whippler, the school’s social worker, organized the tied together event. Funding provided by Sand Creek Parent Teacher Organization and cooperation from JoAnn Fabrics in Riverdale made purchasing the fleece fabric possible.

“This event sends a powerful message to students about the importance of thinking of others this holiday season and the true meaning behind the ‘spirit of giving,’” said Whippler.

After collections had been made, students packed the items in boxes, loaded a school bus and delivered the items to the family welcome center and HOPE 4 Youth.

“It feels really good to give because that makes them happy and that makes you happy,” said one little girl as she sat with classmates and teachers in the gymnasium Dec. 20 for a schoolwide celebration of the event.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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