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Jeffrey Thomas' 650 Scarves He Made Himself Give Students That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

Jeffrey Thomas' 650 Scarves He Made Himself Give Students That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling
Jeffrey Thomas and two of the students at Indianapolis' Lew Wallace School 107. (IPS @IPSSchools)

By    |   Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:34 AM

Jeffrey Thomas made 650 scarves and gave them to each student at Indianapolis' Lew Wallace School 107 where he is a special education teacher.

Thomas told the Indianapolis Star he wanted to do something nice for the students and fellow teachers who made him feel like family in his first year at the school. The teacher said he went through two cutting mats, several pairs of scissors and cut more than 100 yards of fabric down into eight-inch wide fleece scarves, per the Star.

He said he made the scarves in more than 50 patterns so the students could have a wide variety to pick from.

"I felt like Oprah," Thomas told the Star. "You get a scarf, you get a scarf, you get a scarf."

Thomas told the Indianapolis Public Schools website that he collected more than $1,600 through donations to purchase the materials to make the scarves. He told IPS that he wants to expand his Scarves for Students program next year.

For some of the students, Thomas' gift was the only scarf they had for what can be brutally chilly winter mornings and late afternoons in Indianapolis. Lew Wallace has students from 34 countries, mostly warmer climate and they are learning English for the first time, the Star reported.

"The school's socioeconomic status is hard," Lew Wallace school counselor Sherri Barrow told the newspaper. "This time of year, in our neighborhood, it's especially hard."

Thomas's handiwork was shared by the school and the IPS on social media.

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