Feb. 19, 2014
By Tara Cavanaugh
Instead of giving each other Valentines on Feb. 14, Carrie Chester’s fourth graders do something a little different: they complete a service project.
This year, the students made blankets and cards for children at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The project was made even more personal by the fact that a foster sibling of one of Chester’s students is receiving treatment at the center for her eyes.
“Although my class does a community service project for Valentine’s Day every year, (sibling) Ma was the impetus for this particular project,” Chester shared in an email. Fourth grader Bizzy, along with her mom Nicole (who’s also Ma’s foster mom), shared Ma’s story with the class and led everyone through the project.