Warm gesture to help sick children

Francesca MannMidwest Times
Year 5/6 students from Shark Bay School show off the blanket featuring their knitted pieces, crocheted together by community member Shirley Geraty.
Camera IconYear 5/6 students from Shark Bay School show off the blanket featuring their knitted pieces, crocheted together by community member Shirley Geraty. Credit: Kay Mack

Shark Bay School students have been knitting up a storm during their art class this term.

Over three weeks, the Year 5/6 class created two scarves which will be donated to Princess Margaret Hospital.

As many parents were unable to help out, the school enlisted the help of community members, who were able to pass tips and tricks on to the students.

One volunteer, Shirley Geraty, crocheted smaller knitted pieces together to create a large blanket, which will also be donated to the hospital.

School principal Kay Mack said although some of the students were reluctant to start with, it wasn’t long before they were knitting in other classes.

“The boys started off saying it was ‘girly, that’s not what boys do’, but they did some amazing knitting,” she said.

“The children really loved it and they were knitting in other classes as well.

“It’s been lovely... community involvement and the children have learnt the importance of giving; that this isn’t for you, it’s you doing something for someone less fortunate.”

After the positive feedback from students, Ms Mack said the school would hold crochet lessons next year.

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