MITTEN-A-THON

Finished mittens sit in a box, made by about 125 art students at Kalkaska High School for their Mitten-A-Thon event on Thursday in the school library. Students sewed 100 pairs of mittens, with the help of volunteers, to donate Safe Harbor and Jubilee House, homeless outreach centers in Traverse City. Art teacher Monica Malbouef said students came up with the idea after hearing of a project Malbouef did several years ago. Students solicited donations of fleece and wool sweaters to be cut up and sewn into the mittens, and volunteers came from a Facebook post asking for help from seamstresses or those with sewing experience. "Most of these kids have never touched a sewing machine," said Malbouef, who added the project offered lessons in sewing skills, cross-generational experiences between the students and volunteers and a mission to give back to.