This year I was contacted by a teacher at Pipkin Middle School who wanted to help our chapter of Project Linus by making blankets. She was able to secure a local grant for all materials, she just needed the kids to get involved. In the beginning, only 3 students showed up whenever there was an early-out day. I came and talked to the group, explained how important our mission was and that could make a difference, and worked alongside all those 7th graders the entire afternoon. Now, the teacher says that she has too many kids, she has to schedule sessions. I went over there yesterday to pick up some more of their blankets they made, and was greeted warmly and they carried the blankets down and loaded them for me. Their teacher/sponsor said that kids that don't talk to each other in the hall will work side-by-side on making the no-sew fleece blankets. One will cut, the other follows with tying the fringe. She said that they quote some of my comments while making the blankets, and that the little talk and day of working with them empowered them to make a difference. Great group of kids. We can never start early enough to teach the lesson of giving back to the community.