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Students in before- and after-school program reach out to others

This year, King George students crocheted 85 hats on looms to give to clients with Social Services.

Students aren’t just entertained in King George County’s before- and after-school programs.

They’re also taught various object lessons, including how important it is to give back to the community and those less fortunate, said Janine Paulsen, a program supervisor for the Parks and Recreation Department.

Parks and Recreation runs the programs for children ages 5 to 11.

For the second year, students at King George Elementary School used looms to crochet 75 hats for clients with Social Services.

Students at Sealston Elementary just started learning the process two weeks ago, and they contributed 10 hats.

Last year, King George students made 65 hats for the needy.

The programs also have gotten donations of gloves and mittens from Walmart, Paulsen said.

In addition, the students at those two schools and Potomac Elementary School collected 200 canned goods for the King George Food Bank.

“We are proud of all the participants and parents that are so generous,” Paulsen said.