Knitting, Friendships, and Gratitude

above: Volunteer Lynn Wells with students Emer and Hannah

above: Volunteer Lynn Wells with students Emer and Hannah

When Jenni Forder PCW at Coromandel Valley Primary School was approached by some Year 3 students asking to learn how to knit, she headed straight to the Anglican Church next door to ask the craft group ladies if they could help!

Local Shirley Williams volunteered to coordinate the lunchtime activity, and with other volunteers from the community, helps the children learn how to knit with projects including blankets, scarves, drink bottle covers and even teddy bears.

Maddi a Year 4 student joined the lunchtime knitting group and looks forward to going each week. “When I first came Shirley was so nice she would help me with everything. They are all just so nice and they spend their valuable time coming here and volunteering to help us learn to knit and I am really grateful.” Maddi said.

The students have used their new skills to give back to the community and made a baby blanket which was donated to Genesis pregnancy support for a mother and baby in need.

“Jenni’s ability to connect with the broader community means that students can access opportunities to meet a variety of people, share stories, learn skills and feel good about themselves. Having volunteers in our school fits well with our community spirit and promotes our mission to understand and respect others.” Liz Pelling, Principal