Granby " Middle Park High students send Christmas cheer to inmates
December 21, 2008
Granby , Colorado ” Middle Park High School students have been busy sewing stockings for Grand County Jail inmates on Christmas.
They filled them with “cookies and chocolates and lots of love,” said senior Brooke Taylor.
Amy Blahnik’s four cooking classes baked cookies, while her sewing class made and stuffed the stockings. The stockings are very creative, she said.
Blahnik will drop 35 stockings off at the jail in Hot Sulphur Springs for the guards to pass out on Christmas. The jail usually has 35 to 40 prisoners. The class made 40 stockings and stuffed 35.
Even though they are in jail for doing something wrong, “They still need to know that they are remembered, that somebody cares about them,” Blahnik told the class.
Part of the reason for the project is because their International Baccalaureate program focuses on a community vision. “A vision for looking outside yourself, or reinforcing the vision (students) already have,” Blahnik added.
Junior Alanah Rempel said this was a win-win situation because she enjoyed the project, and it will benefit inmates on Christmas.
“I think it’s a really good idea because they definitely need to know, especially at this time, that there are people thinking of them,” she said. “I think we all kind of benefited from it.”
Blahnik allowed the students to use their creativity during the assignment.
“It was actually pretty fun,” said freshman Haley Nickerson, while stitching her fourth red stocking.
The one with attached bells was her “all-time favorite.”
“They learned a lot about consistency,” Blahnik said. “The length of their stitches affects the final project. They’ve learned a lot from their mistakes too.”
Sophomore Carly Newton created a snowman to attach to her stocking.
“The hardest part was learning the stitching,” she said, “because there’s a certain way to stitch to make it look right.”
She was glad they would go to the inmates.
“The prisoners need to know we care,” Newton said.
They hope the gesture will “give them something to smile about,” Taylor said.
This is Blahnik’s first year teaching at the high school, and this project could become a tradition, she said.
This is the second time students have done their part to bring holiday joy to the prisoners. The cooking class made two turkeys for Thanksgiving, and donated one to the jail.
” Katie Looby covers government and education for the Sky-Hi Daily News. You may reach her at 887-3334 ext. 19601 or email@example.com.