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Knitting a Community Together

The cost of crochet and knitting supplies, including ULTIMATE BOOK/KNIT&CROCHET and Knitting Needles - Size 8, is $340, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

  • $363 goal

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Our Brooklyn public school of about 800 students draws from a diverse mix of ethnicities, cultures, economic backgrounds, and ability levels. I am a 4th grade teacher and my club, the 4Th and 5Th grade knitting/crochet club, is one of a small number of clubs that meets once a week. In this club of presently 20 students and two adult parent-volunteers, girls and boys get so much more than a new skill that builds confidence, concentration and small-motor skills. They learn how to follow through with projects, give something back to the community when we put our squares together to make blankets, how to make friends with someone who might be from another culture or crowd, and so much more. I see the ripples of this club when I see kids sitting, heads bent together knitting or crocheting while waiting for their teacher on the playground or on the bus. These students devour the books I have written for kids about knitting and other needlecraft and "sneak" them into their everyday reading. Another off-shoot of this club is a weekly enrichment cluster that ties skill learning with community service. Kids who can't come to the lunchtime club choose to participate in the enrichment cluster. While I am pleased that this club and enrichment cluster are so popular, I find myself having to turn away kids or limit projects when I do not have needles or yarn to provide. Only a few of the students can provide their own materials. Having additional knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, needlecraft books and other needlecraft tools would make this the kind of club that does not turn away students based on their ability to purchase supplies. With support, we can knit a warm productive community!

Ms. Best
Grades 3-5
  • PS 261 Zipporiah Mills
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • More than a third of students from low‑income households Data about students' economic need comes from the National Center for Education Statistics, via our partners at MDR Education. Learn more

    This project will reach 50 students.

    5 donors have given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ULTIMATE BOOK/KNIT&CROCHET • Nasco $24.25 1 $24.25
Kids Crochet: Projects for Kids of All Ages Kelli Ronci, Lena Corwin (Illustrator), John Gruen (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $15.96 1 $15.96
The Jumbo Book of Needlecrafts Judy Sadler, Judy Ann Sadler, Jane Kurisu (Illustrator), Esperanca Melo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Kids Knit!: Simple Steps to Nifty Projects Sarah Bradberry • Barnes and Noble $13.45 1 $13.45
Kids Knitting Melanie Falick, Kristin Nicholas (Illustrator), Chris Hartlove (Photographer) • Barnes and Noble $11.65 1 $11.65
Kids' Easy Knittiing Projects Peg Blanchette, Marc Nadel (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Crocheting Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Young Jackie, Esperanca Melo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Knitting Judy Ann Ann Sadler, Esperanca Melo (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
Knitting Needles - Size 8 • S&S Worldwide $2.99 20 $59.80
CROCHET HOOK PLASTIC 6ASST • Nasco $2.55 5 $12.75
KNITTING KNOBBY • Nasco $2.38 5 $11.90
KNITTING WORSTED PNK • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
KNITTING WORSTED HONEY GLD • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
KNITTING WORSTED BLU JEWEL • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
KNITTING WORSTED CHERRY RD • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
KNITTING WORSTED WHT • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
KNITTING WORSTED YLW • Nasco $1.78 5 $8.90
NEEDLE TAPESTRY PK6/WRT C • Nasco $0.46 3 $1.38

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