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Bainbridge students make blankets for kids

Teacher Julia Graves’ students at Opstad Elementary work with their buddies from Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School on blankets for kids in need as part of a cooperative project between the two classes.   - Photo courtesy of Juila Graves
Teacher Julia Graves’ students at Opstad Elementary work with their buddies from Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School on blankets for kids in need as part of a cooperative project between the two classes.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of Juila Graves

Students in Julia Graves’s second-grade class at Opstad Elementary gathered with Cliff Lemieux’s fifth-graders from Sonoji Sakai Intermediate School to develop a connection, and this season the classes made blankets for others in need.

The Ordway PTO funded the materials. The students worked together, and made a list of about 20 groups. After talking about each one, the students each had four stickers and they could place them where they wanted. The top three were chosen: PSKS (Peace for the streets, kids from the streets), Foster Care of Kitsap County and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Each pair of students decorated tags to go with their wrapped blanket. The blankets were then delivered over winter break to the recipients.

Graves said the project was just the beginning and the two classes hope to have several other opportunities to bring the students together.

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