Combining service to the community with curriculum-based learning is a core component of the International Baccalaureate (IB). It is inspiring to see a group of our Grade 11 students committed to a spirit of service in planning ICS' 5th annual Knit-a-thon.
Actively engaged with the Sparkle Malawi Foundation’s efforts is our Grade 11 Knit-a-thon team members who are recognising their fifth annual event, slated for 28 January 2022. The programme is ongoing year-round, whereby the students meet regularly to plan and review tasks at hand and their agreed-upon goals. The classmates engage in teaching others how to knit and determine who will handle making the trim or crochet finish for the blankets. This year’s edition will go virtual – via Google Meet – once again, and the entire ICS Community is invited to participate.
Those interested in taking part need to log on via Google Meet – see this week’s ICS Bulletin for login details. Not just knitting but interactive quiz-type games, chats and possibly a musical interlude, are planned for the evening. Note that participants can attend the event for as long or short a time as desired; there is no obligation to stay for the entire duration.
Donations are happily accepted, whether yarn and knitting needles or already knitted squares (of typically 15x15 cm / 6x6 inch square). The squares are sewn together into chunky patchwork blankets of good size. The blankets are then donated to the Sparkle Malawi Foundation, for the needy in their community. In addition, the Round Square Group has provided blankets for the PA Winter Market silent auction in the past. Monies raised from this fundraiser have gone toward providing knitting materials and have helped cover mailing costs of the blankets.
This is a wonderful and creative community involvement opportunity and counts towards students’ SLCE and CAS experience. The service learning project receives consistent praise from students, who state that they were “surprised at the amount of collaboration involved in effecting solutions”. Also, being involved in creating a tangible item in a hands-on activity was an aspect they were appreciative about. Benefits of knitting for youngsters include improved concentration and mathematical skills, as well as contributing to a positive self-image.
We look forward to this year’s Knit-a-thon and commend the Grade 11 team for their commitment to the spirit of service and experiential learning. For more information about Sparkle Malawi, please visit the Sparkle Foundation Website.