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The Knitting for Dr. King grant teaches fourth grade students both the art of knitting and the value of community service. Students’ final projects are donated to area nursing homes as part of the Dr. King Service Project. Lisa Roth, art teacher at Old Bonhomme Elementary, reports the program has been a big success. "The knitting group comes in twice a week during recess to sit together and knit," Lisa says, "We problem solve and chat just like an old fashioned quilting bee."

The students have even taken the initiative to work on their own. "I have a young man from Saudi Arabia who speaks very little English," Lisa says. "He has made four hats; he taught his mother how to knit, and they are working together!"

Seeing their older classmates knitting, third grade students have been eager to get started as well. "The kids are all wearing their hats around proudly," Lisa beams. "Now I just need to get them to finish their donation hats too!"

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