Hope Academy helps at the holidays

WARREN – Children and staff at the Hope Academy for Autism made blankets for others for the holiday season.

Allison Smith, head teacher at the academy, said four of the blankets were given to nursing homes and eight to Akron Children’s Hospital.

She said 36 students from preschool to junior high at the school helped with the tying of the blankets and preparing for them to be sent out.

“Each class helped with the blankets which were done in one day,” she said.

Smith said the children helped tie the ends from strips of the blanket that had been cut.

“The young children enjoyed getting help from the older students,” she said.

Smith said the blankets will let children cuddle up with something while at the hospital. She said the nursing homes can use them as lap blankets.

“This is our way to give back the community and help others. The children loved to tie the blankets,” she said.

Anthony Stowe, 4, said he has fun with the project especially spending time tying the ends of the blankets.

Smith said there were also cards made by the children for soldiers in Afghanistan including Sgt. Robert Hostutler, the grandson of staff member, Ann Snyder. More than 50 cards were sent to the soldiers in Afghanistan and Germany.

Smith said the cards were also sent to the father of one of the students who is in Afghanistan.

The next project is in January when the students make items for children with cancer.

“The projects are all about learning to give back,” she said.