Gateway Chapter

Fourth Graders knit more than 75 hats for Blood Cancer Patients

Students with Hats

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Gateway Chapter honors Wyland Elementary

May 12, 2011 -- The Gateway Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) recognizes Wyland Elementary School's Fourth Graders for knitting more than 75 hats for local blood cancer patients.

Beginning in February, students at Wyland Elementary School in the Ritenour School District participated in The Red Thread Project with Springboard. In this fine arts service project, fourth grade students worked with artist Lindsay Obermeyer and learned to knit hats. But this lesson goes far beyond mastering fiber arts - the students are provided an opportunity to work together, learn more about their community and give back.

As a class, the students thought about who might need the hats they were creating. They researched local non-profit organizations and selected The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Each hat the children made was unique and represented their creative effort, concern for others and desire to reach out to their community. Many of the children who created the hats are underserved - and they are often the recipients of donations. Donating a hat to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society represented an amazing opportunity for these children to give back.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's honored patients usually lose their hair for a period of time after treatments and prefer to wear hats. The hats that these students donated will be much appreciated and LLS is honored to have been chosen.

In addition to the donation, Springboard hosted a "Red Thread Celebration" on May 12, where 400 students, from six schools in the St. Louis area, who have participated in this project, came together and performed the Dance of Hats. The 500 hats created by the students and the community were connected by a half mile knit red cord. Each person wore a hat and, while connected, performed a dance of community and giving.

The celebration was held at Laumeier Sculpture Park. All of the students, the hat donation organizations and the general public were invited to dance or just watch the amazing and creative community celebration unfold. The students from Wyland Elementary School were especially happy to donate their hats to local blood cancer patients through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Note: Hats will be received by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on a later date.

For more information, please contact The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Kelly Wahl at 314.878.0780 ext. 26 or

About the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services. 

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in White Plains, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit or contact the Information Resource Center at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.

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last updated on Tuesday, May 17, 2011