Students at Saint Michael Catholic High School gave a very colourful gift to Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) on Friday. Lindsay Melnick, the art teacher at Saint Mike’s, delivered an afghan to the Interim Long-Term Care wing that was made entirely by students in her innovative crafts course.
“Last year was the first time we offered the course,” Lindsay says. “It was so popular it is continuing this year.”
The idea behind the course is to get students who feel they are not technically artistic to try a different form of art. Lindsay has worked some business into the course as well, as students must keep track of the cost of their materials and figure out how much their project could sell for in an online store like Etsy (a popular online platform for artisans).
Each student enrolled in the course learned how to crochet and made a square for the afghan. They also took turns sewing the squares together and making a border for the blanket. Lindsay says the students really got into it, especially the boys. “I never would have thought a group of grade nine boys would be sitting at a table discussing crochet stiches,” she says. “I love it.”
Cathy Burke, VP of Nursing and Clinical Services at the Hospital, says the afghan will be used to brighten one patient’s room at a time, giving them a sense of home away from home. “They will really appreciate it,” she says.
The students are very proud of what they made, Lindsay says, and are happy that it is going to a good cause. In this year’s class, students will be crocheting various sizes of slippers, some of which will also be donated to Interim Long-Term Care at KDH.