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CSDF Innovative Educator Grant Award Funds Blankets for Project Linus

students with blankets(May 4, 2022) CHS Teacher Mary Sawyer earned a Cheltenham School District Foundation Innovative Educator Grant to create blankets for Project Linus, a local nonprofit. 

The students enrolled in Fashion and Sewing at Cheltenham High School collaborated on a hands-on project benefiting the community. Students used sewing machines and classroom tools such as rotary cutters, rulers and mats, as well as scissors, embroidery thread and hand sewing needles to create warm and cozy blankets to be donated to Project Linus. 

“Receiving the CSDF grant this year was so special for myself and my students, especially as it was my first full year teaching in person at Cheltenham High School. With the money awarded, we were able to purchase material and kits to create 65 blankets. The students were invested and interested in this project,” said Sawyer. 

Project Linus' mission is to “provide new handmade blankets to children in need. Our blankets are lovingly made by adults and children from all walks of life and many different sources,” according to its website. Project Linus provides a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

“I enjoyed giving back to mothers and children in need in our community,” said Lonnie Hameen, a student who participated in the project. “This was the first time I heard about this organization. I had fun working with my classmates with my teacher’s assistance.”