Local students make blankets for Missouri State Highway Patrol to give to those in need

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LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. -- Second graders at Prairie View Elementary made blankets to give to the Missouri State Highway Patrol for people in need.

“We actually tied all of those,” said Neil Daniels, pointing to a pile of blankets.

“The grownup tied to corners for us because the corners were hard,” said another second grader, Ella Jeffries.

Every grade level did its own service project; the kindergartners collected bags filled with necessities for emergencies, first grade collected shoes, and grades three through six did service projects out in the community.

Second graders did their part in the school-wide service project making warm and cozy blankets.

“In case there`s an accident or a fire and it`s cold outside,” Daniels said.
“Help other people if they`re in a car crash and it`s really cold,” Jeffries said.

“We collected all the fleece and we prepared by pre-cutting each blanket so the students just had to tie,” said second grade teacher Jen Abernathey.

Abernathey says the goal of the project was to teach her students a very important lesson.

“To show them no matter how young, how small, what age they are, how much money they have or don`t have, everyone can make a difference in our community,” Abernathey said.

And the students included a message so the recipients know who they're from.

“We wrote a little note inside it and then we tied it onto the blanket,” said Jeffries.

“We`re going to give those to the highway patrol,” added Daniels.

“When you`re in that situation where you need something to show that you are cared for and loved, it`s very important,” Abernathey said.

The school held an assembly on Friday, and some special guests attended to collect the blankets.

“We`re honored to be selected to be given those blankets, I think the bigger picture here is the idea that they`re servicing their community, and they`re involved with their community,” said Sgt. Bill Lowe with the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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