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YGC: A-P students make baby blankets

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by Danielle Wagner

APLINGTON (KWWL) From ducks to teddy bears, seventh graders rotating through Sara Janssen's Exploratory Class in Aplington are making blankets for newborn babies.

"We're making fleece blankets for the delivery wings in hospitals around our area," said student Kylie Burke.

The idea came about after Janssen received a baby blanket from Waterloo West High students while she was at Covenant Hospital. She in turn brought the idea to her students as a way to give back, especially after all the help they received after the tornado.

"It's kind of like that pay it forward theme. They're not gonna know the baby that gets it, but they're doing a good deed and that will come around again and it's just another way to payback people who helped us out," said teacher Sara Janssen.

The students said making the blankets is pretty simple.

"Two sheets of fabric about equal rectangles. Just cut two inch slits around the blanket and tie together," said student Jonathon Mohwinkle.

So far blankets have gone to Covenant Hospital in Waterloo and Ellsworth Hospital in Iowa Falls. The students are trying to decide which hospital these new blankets will go to.

"I think they're really excited when they get it because it's their baby's first gift," said student Austin Graham.

A nurse at one of the hospitals and a mom who received a blanket wrote the students a thank you note.

"The mom actually enclosed a picture with the baby in the blanket, so the kids were really thrilled about getting that response," said Janssen.

By the end of the school year, about 50 blankets will be given out to newborn babies by the Aplington-Parkersburg seventh graders.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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