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Fourth Graders Make Cozy Fleece Blankets for Pet Shelter; Salt Brook School 4th Grade Class Uses Holiday Party Craft Time to Help Pets Stay Warm

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From left to right Row 1 – Eva Stumpf, Olivia Munn, Caroline Maglaras, Emma Duffy, Gabriella Marchini, Heather Donnadio, Sara Wichtendahl, Sarah Kowalewski, Row 2 – Sarah Timpone, Vanessa Quesada, Emma Morse, Anna Souren, LydiaVoss, Row 3 – Dr. Joseph Harvey, Trent Zane, Joseph Delia, Mrs. Alyson Cohen, Reid Barber, Anthony Iannacone and Sarit Radak. Missing from picture – Matthew Sinning.
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During their holiday party last week, Mrs. Alyson Cohen’s fourth grade class at Salt Brook School elected to use their holiday party craft time to make cozy fleece “knot-a-blankets” to be donated to a pet shelter.

The class of 19 children worked together in small groups, and completed 17 knotted blankets of varying sizes in just one hour.  The craft required measuring fleece, cutting fringes and tying knots.  Three pet-friendly fleece patterns were offered; one was a bright plaid purple coupled with solid purple, another was a red and blue plaid paired with a solid blue, and last was a cheetah pattern coordinating with a brown solid.

The act of doing a good deed for others supports Salt Brook School’s 2010 character education theme entitled “Do the DAP”, which stands for Dignity And Pride.  Dr. Joseph Harvey, Assistant Principal, visited the classroom to acknowledge the good deed.  The class responded by ‘fist bumping’ each other, which is a positive action signaling the DAP.

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Class room parents, Donna Zane and Susan Delia, and helpers, Barbara Morse and Karin Souren assisted the children during the party.

The blankets were handed over to Dr. Eric R. Christensen, DVM from Murray Hill Veterinary Associates in New Providence, who volunteers his time at the Hunterdon Humane Animal Shelter in Milford, NJ.  Dr. Christiansen will bring the blankets to the Hunterdon County SPCA, along with some kitten food that was donated by parents of the class.  “The blankets and food are greatly appreciated, and much needed at the shelter”, said Dr. Christiansen. 

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