Students and staff at CHS have been making pint-sized hats and scarves this winter, part of a knitting initiative started by their school’s Creative Committee to make hats and scarves for those in need.
In November and December, students began staying after school on Thursdays to learn from staff how to make hats and scarves using looms. The results were 24 hats, two headbands and three scarves delivered to MED for the school to give out to students as needed.
In January, students and staff started making red hats for the American Heart Association’s Little Hats Big Hearts campaign. By January 18, Mrs. Eager had delivered 59 preemie and infant hats to the American Heart Association in Albany, which will deliver the hats to babies born in area hospitals this February.
Over 25 students and staff have lent a hand to this knitting project, which offers benefits beyond giving others something warm and comfy to wear; engaging in repetitive actions like knitting can, much like meditation, alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress and depression, and have other health benefits as well, including improved motor and cognitive function.
Formed by faculty members Ms. Keegan, Mrs. Elbert, Mrs. Harrigan, and Mrs. Eagan, the Creative Committee seeks to generate and promote ideas to help students make a difference. Mrs. Tomaso, CHS art teacher, donated the looms as well as most of the yarn. As interest grew, Ms. Souza, school psychologist, ordered more looms to meet the demand. She and a few students also donated yarn.