- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - Petoskey fourth-grade student Cadence Glass began her mission to help provide fleece blankets to those in need only six months ago, and already, she’s inspired her entire school to help out.

For the month of April, Central Elementary School students collected pop can deposit slips, raising close to $200 to buy supplies for blankets for the homeless, according to the Petoskey-News-Review ( https://bit.ly/1IaG0CJ ).

“With that $200, Cadence went out and bought all the material for the blankets. She was able to buy enough material to make 20 blankets,” said Central Elementary principal Cal Prins.

Each classroom from second grade through fifth grade was able to make two blankets, while kindergarten and first grade classes each made one. The students were allowed to select the different fleece materials to make into a blanket.

The idea for starting a schoolwide project came after the school celebrated superheroes for their reading month in March. The school and Cadence discussed ways to allow the entire school to participate.

“It’s been neat to see the whole school come together, and see them have fun doing it,” Emmy Glass, Cadence’s mother, said.

Since launching her efforts in November, Cadence has been able to provide more than 150 blankets to various nonprofit groups in Petoskey. Sometimes though bottle deposits, others through direct donations.

Their efforts have grown so quickly, Glass said she’s looking into the possibility of launching a nonprofit organization to help Cadence continue her mission. She’s also considered other ways to help the homeless and those in need as well, but for now, she’s focused on blankets to stay warm.

“I want to keep doing this for as long as I can,” Cadence said.

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Information from: Petoskey News-Review, https://www.petoskeynews.com

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