Volunteer Spotlight: Stone Middle School

February 21, 2018

Every Wednesday, after the final bell rings at Stone Middle School in Centreville, VA, librarian Lisa Muir and her volunteers pull out bins of donated yarn, looms and projects in-progress. Soon she is joined by the 50 8th graders that make up the school’s knitting club.

The club, now in its third year, is made up of an almost equal number of boys and girls, all here to knit hats and scarves that will be donated to SOME and given out to people experiencing homelessness. Winter is a dangerous time to be without shelter—for many, a warm hat or scarf can be life-saving as temperatures dip below freezing.

As the 8th graders pull out their projects, they are collaborative. New club members are taught how to use the looms by more seasoned knitters and tables work together to fix mistakes. The kids are thoughtful, considering which colors might be desirable and how long a scarf needs to be to keep an adult man warm.

Last semester, the Stone Middle School knitting club donated 52 hats and 25 scarves to SOME. Past club members have started a new version at their high school and many current members are keen to continue their service once they graduate 8th grade. “It’s nice to help people,” says knitting club member Jose. “Plus it’s relaxing and fun,” says Haley.