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Charles Pinckney Elementary Providing “Warmth” for Community

Charles Pinckney Elementary Providing “Warmth” for Community
Posted on 01/28/2019

Charles Pinckney Elementary School (CPES) has created a positive school culture, and staff and students are showcasing it on social media with the hashtag #BeTheOnePinckney. One of the most recent results of this positive atmosphere is the blanket project through the Student Ambassador Club. Paige Hoagland, a guidance counselor at CPES, and Assistant Principal Tiffany Henderson helped start the club this year to promote kindness and service throughout the school and community.

The CPES Student Ambassador Club partnered with Youth Service Charleston for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service project: making fleece blankets for Project Linus and local hospice agencies.

Blanket PictureProject Linus is a non-profit organization that, according to their mission, provides love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

"This project went along great with the mission of the club,” explained Henderson. “I am so thankful to Youth Service Charleston for the guidance and help in creating this project and teaching our students the importance of kids helping kids. One of our students remembered her sister receiving one when she had surgery and was so happy to be able to provide that level of comfort for other kids."

Youth Volunteer Corps of Charleston supplied materials and resources for the project. The students worked for two weeks and completed 25 no-sew blankets. Now they can’t wait to get them to children, especially those in hospitals.

"We hope these blankets help bring joy to other kids and make their day,” said fifth-grader Maggie Welch.

To learn more about this service project at Pinckney Elementary, contact Assistant Principal Tiffany Henderson at (843) 856-4585.

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