By Angela Tiano
“It’s good to give back, because then they will be your friend” (Elijah, age 10)
There is more happening than reading, writing and arithmetic in Mrs. Kayla Bastedo’s Room 22 at Sulphur Springs Community School. In addition to their daily academic standards, last semester Bastedo’s students began working on a “giving” project. The 14 boys and one girl in the 4th, 5th and 6th grade Special Day Class handcrafted more than 30 fleece blankets that have been donated to the Santa Clarita Valley Homeless Shelter and Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital.
These soft and colorful blankets offered a lesson to the students, that helping others in need can be a rewarding experience to both the giver and the receiver. Elihu, 11, reflected on the project. “It took time, but we worked together to make the blankets. It made me feel happy and excited,” he said.
In the midst of a class discussion immediately following their project, Mrs. Bastedo and her students sparked a conversation that created a motto to help them remember their hands-on giving experience: “No one likes to shiver.”
With their new tagline in mind, Gavyn, age 10, suggested, “We should make pillows next year.” The recent holiday season was the start of a new tradition for Room 22, and was made possible with the enthusiasm of the students, their teacher, and their aides.