A Close-Knit Middle School
"Crafted With Love" is a tightly knit group of more than forty Middle School students who, taught by Middle School teacher Mrs. Jean Galima, are knitting and crocheting. While this year’s batch of Sixth-graders spend a portion of their lunch period learning basic techniques, last year’s students also get help from Mrs. Galima before or after school.
The outcome has been amazing! So many hats for adults, children, chemotherapy patients, and premature babies along with an assortment of scarves and blankets have been created by this passionate group of enthusiasts who are happy to click those needles and make things happen.
And things ARE happening. Since the club began last year, the students have been sharing their crafts with friends and relatives, a local family in need (adopted by Mrs. Redmond Ubanks and the Middle School Community), Stony Brook Hospital (through the networking of Dr. Southerton), and our overseas military. "We received a grant from the Sayville Middle School/High School PTA this year," Mrs. Galima explained, "to purchase knitting needles, crochet hooks, varieties of yarns, sewing needs, and ribbons." Mrs. Galima also obtained discounts from several businesses, Three Black Sheep in St. James and Rumpelstiltskin Yarns in Sayville, to keep a steady supply of yarns and needles for the students.
Productivity has been high among all the students. Mrs. Galima happily reports that the donation box is filling up. Sixth-grader Jennifer Olsen made four fashionable knit chemo hats to donate and has helped Mrs. Galima teach others sophisticated techniques of casting on for knitting. However, a special "hats off" to Seventh-grader Janine Loesche for already beating her last year’s record of 40 hats with 100 so far this year.