During our Valentine’s Day parties this year, Hawthorn Hill students were encouraged to share the love.  In addition to games, inflatables, and a tattoo station, there were several stations where students could make a difference for others.

At one of the stations, students assembled approximately 300 Happy Kits for Children’s Mercy Hospital. These Happy Kits are given to patients and their families at Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics to help them feel welcomed and loved during their visits.  The Happy Kits assembled at the party had everything a patient would need to make their own greeting cards. The kits included paper, crayons, a glue stick, stickers, coloring book and more.

Another station featured no-sew fleece blankets.  Students tied fleece ties around the perimeter of each blanket to create a cozy throw.  Ten blankets were completed and delivered to Furry Kids’ Refuge – a local rescue for cats and dogs.

At our final station, students created “plarn,” using plastic bags.  Plastic grocery store bags were tied together to make long strands. The strands are used to make sleeping mats, which are then distributed to people who are homeless in the metro area.  Hawthorn Hill students can feel good about not only helping those who are homeless, but making a difference for our planet by reusing plastic bags.

Thank you so much to students and volunteers who participated in these projects!  The PTA loves seeing the many ways Hawthorn Hill is M.A.D, Making a Difference, for our community and world!