Crafty students ‘share the love’
While Arden’s Secondary School students have enthusiastically participated in Wrap with Love for many years, in 2016 a new group was started. Miss Tiali Fraser, Director of Teaching and Learning (Primary) explained: “We hope that the Junior School Service Group will be a meaningful way to continue to build community spirit and a sense of the value of service whilst developing personal connections amongst our girls. It should also serve to further reinforce our current focus area of Respect, through demonstrating care and compassion for others.”
The group met weekly to knit (or crochet) squares which will be made into blankets and distributed to people in need all over the world. Miss Fraser shared: “The group knitted a massive 126 squares – equating to 4½ blankets for Wrap with Love. This is an enormous effort and such a wonderful way to give to others in need.”
Miss Fraser continued: “Recently Arden’s Year 8 SWAM (Students with a Mission) group joined our team. The Secondary students have offered to knit the Junior School squares into rugs ready to send off to the Wrap with Love Foundation.” While together, the SWAM students shared their knitting stories and brought along a finished blanket to show the Primary students what happens to the squares they knit. Participants were also updated about places Wrap with Love have sent blankets to this year.
In 2016 SWAM donated an impressive 20 blankets to Wrap with Love. An excited SWAM Coordinator, Mrs Jo Webb shared: “Since 2008 SWAM have donated a total of 148 blankets to Wrap with Love! You are a part of this, making a practical difference in someone’s life!”