Archive for Thursday, December 22, 2005

Warm,fuzzy feeling

LTMS class serves soup to raise money for blankets

December 22, 2005

Infants at the University of Kansas Medical Center will get warm snuggly blankets this Christmas thanks to some caring Lexington Trails Middle School students.

The students raised nearly $200 through a soup dinner last week so they could purchase material for the blankets. The students are enrolled in a class that teaches them the value of charity work and helping out in the community. This year is the first for personal and global issues class at Lexington Trials, taught by Ben Huebsch.

The class rotates each quarter, and each new class picks a charitable activity it would like to do. Last quarter, the students had a bake sale to donate money to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

"Once the kids get a taste of helping other people, it's kind of addicting," Huebsch said.

For this quarter, Huebsch made a list of possibilities that students could do to serve the community.

Yesica Marquez, De Soto seventh-grader, said the class went through several fundraising ideas before settling on a soup dinner.

"First we were going to do a movie but you can't charge for that," she said. "Then we came up with the idea for chili dinner but decided to have more soups."

Parents of Lexington Trails students brought nine different kinds of soups for the dinner. Ryan Endres, Lenexa seventh-grader, said he couldn't wait to try Lexington Trails science teacher Janet Odgers' ham and bean soup.

"She cooked in science class all day, and it smelled so good," he said.

The students will make about 30 to 40 blankets. The money is being used to pay for a special type of fabric, similar to felt, that won't fray around the edges. To make the blankets, the students cut a square piece of fabric, cut fringe around the edges and tie the fringe into knots.

Alex Hefner, De Soto seventh-grader, said he was proud to make blankets for babies.

"When they get scared, they'll have something to hold onto," he said.

In addition to charitable activities, the students also learn about good character. They have discussions about avoiding alcohol and about not bullying others.

Assistant Principal Ryan Wiebe said the class helped round out the seventh-grade curriculum.

"We want them to focus on community issues and help them be better citizens," he said of the students.

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