Scissors, templates and many pairs of helping hands were all it took to construct hundreds of no-sew blankets for the Blankids organization.
This was Bishop’s students’ third year participating in this annual service learning project during the enrichment period. This past Monday and Wednesday, all middle school and tenth-grade students sat down (on the floor!) with their advisory groups to make colorful soft blankets for children in need around the world.
As part of the orientation for the activity, students learned that this activity would benefit both the givers and the receivers. The rep shared that the project allows student volunteers to “become a part of something as meaningful as helping other children” while learning a practical skill that encourages them “to give back and participate in a true humanitarian cause. Meanwhile, on the “receiving side, disadvantaged children receive beautiful blankets and the important message that there are other children in the world who know about them and care about them.”
Indeed, Blankids’ hand-assembled blankets (including those made by Bishop’s students) have made their way to 17 different countries around the world, including Haiti, Nepal, Uganda, Honduras, Cambodia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malawi, Costa Rica, Peru, Columbia, Georgia, the Philippines, several countries in South Africa and even parts of the United States. Domestically, the blankets are distributed to children who are homeless, or are refugees, or those who have been separated from their parents at the border.
The Bishop’s School is an independent, coeducational college-preparatory day school for students in grades six through twelve who live throughout San Diego County. Founded in 1909, the School is affiliated with the Episcopal church.