Nearly two dozen students from Oneco Elementary school worked with teachers, Marie Mueller and Jill Gallagher over the past several weeks to quilt more than 125 lap blankets for a local veterans program.
The children made the lap blankets in recognition of Pearl Harbor day as a way to honor the veterans and keep them warm.
"It’s the season for giving and showing recognition of their service to our country and in honor of Pearl Harbor Day," said Principal Tina Stancil.
One of the students, Evin Joserosado, has been a part of the quilting club at Oneco Elementary for the past three years.
“This means a lot to me because the veterans fought for us and I would like to thank them for their service," he said.
The program is a partnership with the Manasota Elks who help bring the students and veterans together. Manasota Elks members, Ed Neally and Jim Kollath, told the students talked with the students about their experiences in the service and how it impacted so many lives. They let the students know what the gifts they made means to the veterans and emphasized that their work is appreciated.
Students were able to meet with three veterans living at Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in St. Petersburg. The veterans visited Oneco Elementary during a special luncheon and presentation donated by Sweetbay. Hancock Fabric provided discounts on the quilting materials.