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SMS students make 156 blankets in Linus Project

Samantha Waalen and Caitlyn Swagger work at cutting the edges of a blanket so they can be tied together. Photo by Dave Newman

There will be a number of children in our area who will sleep easier thanks to the efforts of students at the Somerset Middle School.

To be exact, 156 children.

That's because Middle School students spent most of their morning on Oct. 10 making 156 blankets. These blankets will be donated to hospitals in New Richmond, Hudson, Osceola and Stillwater, to the CRA shelter in Balsam Lake, Turning Point in River Falls and Grace Place in Somerset. They will be given to children who are patients at the hospitals or are staying at the shelters.

The idea for the project was brought to the Middle School by Student Council advisor Dawn Peer.

"I got the idea for the Linus Project from Wisconsin Association of Student Council (WASC) camp three years ago as a counselor," Peer said. The blankets made at that camp go to hospitals in Milwaukee.

The name for the Linus Project comes from the Charles Schultz character 'Linus,' who always carried his blanket as a comfort object.

This was the third year that the Middle School has made blankets in a project that is led by the Student Council. In the three years, students have made 430 blankets.

This is also a community effort.

"Students and their families donated $1,235 to the project and about 50 pieces of fleece," Peer said.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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