Residents of Shepherd of the Valley Niles were treated to a morning of bingo and prizes Monday through the efforts of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls from Girard Intermediate School.
The students have been donating their recess period since January to make fleece blankets, which they used as prizes for the bingo games. Students are returning today with more blankets and more bingo games.
''More than 75 girls participated,'' said Pam Baker, school counselor. ''We wanted to find a way that the girls could work together as well as to realize there's a lot of need in the community.''
Girls from Girard Intermediate School visited Shepherd of the Valley in Niles Monday to play bingo with the residents and offer as prizes blankets they made during their recesses. Pictured winning a bingo game and a blanket is Joselyn Warga, 10, and SOV resident Ann Holod.
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The project was not mandatory, Baker said, and the girls only were allowed to give up their recess time one day a week. The project, which began in January, enabled the girls to make more than 100 blankets. In addition to playing bingo with residents and offering the blankets as prizes, additional blankets were donated to area hospitals, pediatric wards and local families in need, Baker said.
Thirty blankets were delivered by the girls who then played Bingo games with residents in the facility's cafeteria.
''There were so many girls in the project that we had to split it up into two days,'' Baker said. ''They were so excited to come and do this.''
An additional 30 blankets and more students were expected at the facility today for another round of Bingo.
To help defray the cost of supplies for the blankets, the students held furnished, selling pink blankets for breast cancer and Pittsburgh Stealer blankets, which they also made themselves.