Psychology Class Makes Blankets for Children

“Blanketeers” Zach Bowers and Joseph Zipp weave together strips of fabric

“Blanketeers” Zach Bowers and Joseph Zipp

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 29, 2014 – Students in Dr. Sadie Leder Elder’s Introduction to Psychology class made blankets for children in need, putting to practice what they learned in the classroom.

Each semester, Elder’s students learn about helping behaviors and pro-social behaviors during their social psychology module, and then vote on a service-oriented project they’d like to complete. This year, the class voted to be “blanketeers” and make blankets for children through Project Linus, a non-profit organization that gives new blankets to children whose lives have been affected by illness, traumatization, homelessness or are otherwise in need.

Jordan Herring cuts strips to tie her blanket’s fabrics together.

Jordan Herring

Sophomore Jordan Herring participated in Project Linus in high school and thought it would be a good idea to bring to Dr. Elder’s classroom. “I’ve worked with children who are sick in hospitals who would receive blankets like this, so it’s a really cool thing to be a part of,” Herring says. Her sorority, Sigma Sigma Sigma, sponsors play therapy rooms around the Triad.

In the past, Dr. Elder’s class has written thank you cards to U.S. troops stationed around the world, donated Christmas gifts to local children and sent care packages to victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Tomeshia Spriggs and Rolonda Kelly

Tomeshia Spriggs and Rolonda Kelly

Dr. Elder asked Margie Lamb, Forsyth County’s chapter coordinator for Project Linus, to visit her class and talk about the project.

“I have certainly been blessed through this project,” says Lamb, “as well as all the blanketeers themselves who make the blankets. I’ve found I always have what I need before I need it, and it’s absolutely wonderful to see kids, teens, and grown men and women working on these blankets and giving back to children in need.”

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