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Stevens Middle School Project Linus

Stevens Middle School Project Linus
Posted on 06/10/2019
Stevens Middle School Project LinusFrom January to June, a group of middle school students meet with advisor Evelyn Ellsworth after school in the library each Thursdays to make blankets for children who are patients at Children’s Hospital in Seattle.

This year, Stevens students cut, assembled and tied off 65 fleece blankets in a multitude of colors and prints.  The group celebrated the culmination of their efforts with a pizza party on June 6.  Phyllis Carey and Marilyn Williams from Washington Peninsula Project Linus were on hand to meet the students and collect the blankets.

Project Linus is a non-profit organization of volunteer "blanketeers" that provide new, handmade, blankets and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need of a sense of security, warmth, and comfort.  More information can be found on their website at www.wplinus.org.

Seventh grader Hayden Webber remembers well the comfort a blanket can bring.  As a patient last year at Seattle Children’s Hospital she was presented with a Project Linus blanket.

“It was so pretty—-teal colored and covered with whales,” remembers Webber.  “It was so soft I wouldn’t let go of it!”

Now Webber is paying it forward by making blankets for others.

“I believe the Project Linus Club gives students a chance to begin doing community service,” said Ellsworth.  “They learn to give their time and effort to help those in need.”

“Stevens Middle School has been involved with this program for 13 years, and in that time, we have donated almost 500 blankets to the chapter,” continued Ellsworth.  “I was asked by (then principal) Chuck Lisk to take over the program started by Jeri Goebel after she left the district and I have been involved for about 12 years now.”

“Our volunteer Carol Hughes, a friend of mine, helps out with cutting fabric and sewing in tags and labels on each blanket we make,” said Ellsworth.  “We both donate our own money to buy extra kits above what Stevens ASB allocates to the club.”

“I love working with the students for this worthy cause,” Ellsworth said.

(Photo by Patsene Dashiell/Port Angeles School District)
(Standing, from left) Evelyn Ellsworth/Project Linus Advisor, Allison Pettit, Jordis Vance, Ella Siler, Adisyn Ellis-Bourm, and Hayden Webber, (kneeling, from left) Brinnon Fowler, Holli Clark, and Mylee Soiseth.  Not shown: Carol Hughes/community volunteer

For additional assistance, please contact:

M. Patsene Dashiell
Communications & Community Relations Coordinator
pdashiell@portangelesschools.org
Ph: 360-565-3703
Port Angeles School District
Central Services – 216 East 4th Street
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