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Lafayette School Students Donate Quilts to Project Linus

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

A group of Charlottesville middle schoolers just put the finishing touches on a big charity project. It's an effort that started with a grant from musician Dave Matthews.

Students at the Lafayette School spent all year sewing quilts, and Thursday they donated those quilts to charity.

The quilts are going to Project Linus, it's a national organization that donates blankets to sick children and kids in need.

The middle schoolers had quilting on their schedule every Thursday afternoon throughout the school year. Thursday, a representative from Project Linus stopped by to pick them up for donation.

The students' teacher John Verga says his students are doing more than just helping a charity - they're also learning some valuable lessons.

“It's a good way of teaching students a life skill and cooperation and other techniques overcoming frustration,” said Verga.

This all started with a grant from Dave Matthew's BAMA Works foundation. The Lafayette School found out they had won the grant last spring and put it toward this quilting program.

The school's director says they've applied for the grant again and they're hoping to bring the program back for next year.

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