Morrin students crotchet blankets for Fort McMurray evacuees
The students at Morrin School have been donating their lunch breaks to learn to crochet and then make blankets for others under the direction of Norma Jean Minchau, Family Resource Worker at the school. The kids are from grade 3 – 8 and came whenever they wanted to at lunchtime. They learned how to make “granny squares” first and then some moved on other patterns.
This year when they heard about Fort McMurray, the kids wanted their blankets to go to kids who had to leave their homes. We had two families here in the area so we gave blankets to them. Blaize came to to school with us for a bit and Scott Meller received blankets for his two daughters. Then we were lucky enough to get in contact with Cheryl MacDonald and her son Easton – they were staying in Drumheller and they came and received a blanket. As Cheryl is a grade 5 teacher and told us about evacuating her students before she could go pick up her son to leave, we gave her the rest of the blankets to take back to her community for the kids that had lost their homes. Both Mike and Cheryl spent time with the students, answering their questions and telling them about leaving Fort McMurray that day and what it has been like for them since coming down here. We would like to thank both of them for taking time out of their busy days to come and receive blankets as well as help us understand what it was really like leaving during an emergency evacuation.
After completing 15 size blankets this year, students are excited to lap the take a break over the summer (although some have taken supplies home), and then get back at making more blankets in the fall. Thanks once again to the community for the generous donations of yarn that we receive. This allows us to keep crocheting with lots of variety.
Grades 3-8 students from Morrin School show the multi-coloured blankets they crotcheted and donated to Fort McMurray evacuees.