Students in the Teen Living class at the Johnson City High School took part in a special class project this fall to support the area homeless.
In September, course instructor Jane Halladay invited Diane Olivet, Judy Homanich, and Rose McConnell from Sarah Jane Johnson Memorial Church to share their talents teaching the students how to create sleeping mats using only recycled plastic bags.
The process involves cutting plastic bags into strips and crocheting them together to form a cushioned mat that can be used for a variety of purposes, including serving as a pallet for a sleeping bag. Olivet said she found the idea online and the project quickly blossomed. The church’s Safe Place for Women group is currently meeting with Endwell’s Church of the Holy Family once a month to create the mats, which are donated to the Whitney Place Rescue Mission and distributed to people in need.
“This project fits in perfectly with the unit we are working on right now,” said Halladay.
The Teen Living class at JC is part of the Human Development series of classes that promotes personal growth, making a difference, and community service.