This past weekend, I went to a workshop for Operation Bedroll. That’s a group here in Greensboro, North Carolina, working to keep plastic bags out of the landfill and providing bedrolls for those experiencing homelessness. They create these bedrolls with plarn. (That would be a combination of the words plastic and yarn.)
So a group of us got together with pizza and wine and learned how to create plarn from plastic bags. Then we received a lesson on how to crochet the plarn into bedrolls. It was a great way to be helpful to the community—and we had a great time doing it!
All this makes me wonder—how do you encourage students to help your community? Do you have a food drive? Make cards for senior citizens? Have a recycling program? We’re getting close to the holidays, and that’s a traditional time for giving back. Perhaps we can share ideas, and you’ll find something you want to do with your class!