BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Knitting is just as new to Keely P'Pool as it is for the students in her leadership class at W.R. McNeill Elementary School.
"I had to learn to knit over the summer so I could teach them," said P'Pool, who teaches gifted and talented classes.
The eight fifth-graders in McNeill's leadership program decided to knit scarves as their service project this year. For the last several months, the group has met every Wednesday to learn to knit scarves that will be donated to HOTEL INC's homeless outreach.
To be in the leadership group, students had to write an essay, be nominated by a teacher and show that they've participated in leadership activities in the community.
"It's good for them to be involved, especially when they can see the impact they can have," P'Pool said.
Pat Hewitt of Bowling Green, who's been knitting since she was 7, volunteers her time teaching the leadership students to knit.
"I want everybody to love knitting as much as I do," she said.
She already knew several of the leadership students from her time as a kindergarten aide at McNeill a few years ago, so she enjoys getting to work with them again.
"It's been really fun because I know a lot of these children," Hewitt said.
Crafty Hands donated the yarn for the leadership project and money for the knitting needles was donated by the Kappa Theta Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society.
Tucker Strow, 11, a fifth-grader at McNeill, said he feels good knowing the scarf he's knitting will go to somebody who needs it.
"It's really fun," he said. "It takes a long time, but it's worth it in the end."
He hadn't knitted before starting the leadership project, and it wasn't quite what he expected.
"When you see people knitting, it looks hard, but when you actually do it, it's a lot easier than it looks," Tucker said.
Though Patrick Laufenberg, 10, has the hang of knitting, it's a slow-going activity for him.
"It takes a lot more time than I thought it would," he said.
He's really enjoyed learning a new skill.
"It's fun. It helps with eye-hand coordination," Patrick said.
For Emma Simpson, 10, the best part is thinking her scarf will help a homeless person stay warm in the winter months.
"It's cool knowing that you're making it for somebody else and knowing that it's fun," she said.
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