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Solon Middle School students hand knit 700 scarves

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Students at Solon Middle School hand knit over 700 scarves to be given to lower income second graders just in time for the holidays.

The scarves will be given to second graders in memory of the 20 second graders that were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14, 2012.

Andrea Velasquez has had her seventh grade students knitting scarves for the less fortunate for years. She said last year the students made a record 250 scarves before taking it to the next level this year.

"It's crazy because last year I thought that was the most we could ever do but then this year in the first two weeks we had like 200 and I realized it was going to be a lot and then this whole room now is filled with scarves. We had to use another room because we ran out of room in this one,"  Brayden Rickertsen, an 8th grader at Solon said.

Rickertsen said he still comes back to Mrs. V, as he calls her, to knit with his friends rather than go to recess.

In September she spends time teaching the students how to knit. While they're not required to continue knitting, the hundreds of scarves in all different colors and patterns that hang from wires show that many of her 130 students continue to do so.

The students wrap up knitting the scarves this week. Scarves will be given to the students in selected schools in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Waterloo.

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