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ELS Transition Program Service Project

Blanket Project


Each year students from the NSSED Educational and Life Skills Transition Program learn the importance in becoming conscientious and contributing members of their communities.

With dozens of opportunities to choose from, these students participate in a volunteer outreach program to learn how to give of their time and to demonstrate their abilities to others.


This year the students chose to make blankets for patients undergoing chemotherapy and donate the blankets to the American Cancer Society. “The students know they are helping people and this work takes away from their feeling they have a disability and gives them an ability” says Kim Keller-Eck, one of the teachers in the Transition Program classroom.

The students purchased large swatches of fleece material, measured and cut fringe that was tied. In the process one student learned how to tie as each piece required 40 knots. “We adapt the process of making the blankets so that each student can participate at their ability level. Some students are able to participate in the enter process, including delivering the blankets to the Cancer Society office, while others participated by helping us fold the completed piece”, added Mrs. Keller-Eck.

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