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Croton-Harmon Students Help Girl Scout Make Blankets For Charity

Students at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson help Yorktown Girl Scout Alyssa Giannasca make a fleece blanket for patients at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla.
Students at the Carrie E. Tompkins Elementary School in Croton-on-Hudson help Yorktown Girl Scout Alyssa Giannasca make a fleece blanket for patients at Blythedale Children’s Hospital in Valhalla. Photo Credit: Provided

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Helping to make a fleece blanket for patients at Blythedale Children’s Hospital gave Croton-Harmon students a warm and fuzzy feeling, said teacher Lisa Frey.

Children from the Carrie E. Thompkins Elementary School learned the importance of community service when they enthusiastically pitched in on the Girl Scouts charity project, she said.

“I hope the students will learn that doing something for other people and reaching out to children who need help is very important,” said Frey, whose K-2 collaborative program students worked on the blanket.

“It’s such a busy time that it’s nice to give back,” she said. “It’s also a nice way to bring two different communities together for a good cause.”

Frey invited Alyssa Giannasca, an eighth-grader at Mildred E. Strang Middle School, and fellow Troop 1483 member Lindsay Boyle, also an eighth-grader, to work with the students.

Giannasca, who completed a requirement for her Silver Girl Scout Award by visiting the school, is collecting and making blankets for children in need through her “A Little Warmth Brings a Lot of Happiness” project.

“It’s important for people to help others who are in their community, so by making the blankets with the students, I’m raising awareness about how important it is to help others,” Alyssa said.

The students, their teachers and the two Scouts gathered in a circle and worked on the blanket, which was decorated with cartoon monkeys.

They tied knots around the blanket’s fringes, which Alyssa had cut.

“It makes me feel good because it’s fun to help other kids in need,” said second-grader Alex Jones.

“I liked making the blanket and helping boys and girls in the hospital,” second-grader Kevin Suarez added.

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