Beachwood Middle School students donated 21 blankets today for sick
children at University Hospitals' Rainbow Babies and Children's
This past fall, Beachwood Middle School Student Council
officers Lexi Stovsky, Caroline Stern, Susan Eiben, Hannah Sullivan and
Alex Kaufman discussed community service projects for children, and
decided to make blankets for the children at Rainbow Babies and
They began by collaborating with adviser
Virginia McCormac and BMS principal Linda LoGalbo, who gave them money
from their Student Council funds to purchase materials at Jo-Ann
Fabrics, where they saved 65% on the materials. They contacted D.O.
Summers, which agreed to dry clean and bag all the blankets for the
children. By donating to their community service project, D.O. Summers
allowed the student council to use all of their money for materials. On
Monday and Thursday mornings, the officers and representatives worked
diligently to complete the 21 blankets.
On Wednesday morning,
May 11, the students brought the blankets to University Hospitals where
they were presented to Margaret Galla, head of Volunteer Services.
Student Council has given a wonderful gift to families who have so many
expenses,” said Mrs. Galla. “We will choose families who need them the
Mrs. Galla told the officers that these children would be
able to draw with markers on their blankets, and personalize them, which
is something they will never forget. She anticipates that the blanket
will be a treasured memory for them filled with positive feelings which
will help them get well.
The Student Council officers thank
everyone who collaborated with them to make this project so successful,
as well as all the students who donated their time: Kyle Schlessinger,
Arielle Tindel, Matthew Stovsky, Casey Blum, Claudia Gill, Abby Flowers,
Anabelle Cheistwer, Katelyn Howell, Sophie Shoen, Deavon Peavy, Jessica
Friedman, Alxis Rudd, Nylauna Petty, Dana Kippen, and Dar’Jon Bentley.Pictured at right: Hannah Sullivan, Lexi Stovsky, Susan Eiben, Alex Kaufman, and Virginia McCormac.