ROSWELL, Ga. Students from Hillside Elementary School, in Roswell, recently participated in a service project to make and collect blankets for the homeless living on the streets of Atlanta as part of a school-wide character study of kindness.  In the U.S. alone, almost one million people are homeless.

“Kindness means showing others they are valuable by how you treat them,” said Lori Fanning, Hillside Elementary School Principal.  “This project was the perfect opportunity to teach our students about showing kindness in the community. This service project also exemplifies all the character values we’ve focused on this school year: Respect, Initiative, Uniqueness, Joy, Determination and Kindness.”

Every class in the school made their own fleece knot blanket that was donated to the cause.  In addition, students were asked to donate new or gently used blankets.  Between the blankets created by classes and the ones donated, the school collected more than 150 blankets that will be donated to City of Refuge for distribution to Atlanta’s homeless population.

Hillside Student Council Members Joe Scott, Mia Mitchell, Nathan Jacobi and Nolan Siegel promote the blanket drive during morning carpool