Plarn It All

Plarn It All
Posted on 07/13/2018
(as reported on Akron.com/West Side Leader)

Akron Public Schools’ (APS) seventh- and eighth-graders at Buchtel Community Learning Center made sleeping mats out of plastic bags as a part of a service project this past school year. The students involved in the project were part of Teddy Nantambi Mwonyonyi’s family and consumer sciences class at the school.

The “plarn,” or plastic yarn, blankets are made using plastic grocery bags that are twisted and then crocheted together. APS officials said the seven mats were donated to Haven of Rest Ministries in Downtown Akron. Students and one of the blankets are pictured below. APS officials said students plan to make more plarn blankets to donate at a later time.

On June 1, Project RISE staff and students toured Haven of Rest. Pictured below is Michael Solosky, development officer of donor relations for Haven or Rest, talking to students during the tour. Project RISE is a collaborative effort by APS, local shelters and the Akron community to provide supplemental educational services to children and youth experiencing homelessness.

Amanda Smith and Rachel Gibson, of Project RISE, shared information on family homelessness and the organization with students during the tour. The group then had lunch at the facility.

According to Project RISE officials, the program identified and served close to 2,000 students during the 2017-18 school year. For more information on Project RISE, contact Rachel Breece, special programs coordinator, at 330.761.2969 or rbreece@apslearns.org.

Image of Student Sleeping Mat Project
Image of Student Sleeping Mat Project
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