Students help the homeless

CIMS Yarn Club: The gift of warmth
Posted on 03/09/2017

A group of Cobalt Institute of Math and Science students hand-knitted dozens of items and recently donated them to the Victor Valley Rescue Mission to keep the homeless warm.


Students in the CIMS Yarn Club, under the tutelage of science teacher PJ Ehart, knitted caps, scarves and other warm clothing.


Bill Edwards, director of the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, was on hand last week to receive the items and told the students how important the donations would be for the local homeless population.


Edwards explained to the students that a local emergency warming center is now closed for the season. Though the days are warming up, the homeless will need the items on chilly High Desert nights.


Ehart said this is the second year the club made items for those in need, and she plans to do more with the Rescue Mission in the future. She said about 20 students participate in the Yarn Club at the science-focused, grade 7-12 school of choice in the Victor Valley Union High School District.


One of the students, Tommy Beltran, is tall for a ninth-grader and plays youth football. One of the few boys involved in the club, he was a little hesitant to join at first.


“But then I thought again because (Ehart) told us it was for homeless people so they don’t have to be so cold,” Beltran said.


He got a little extra help at home from his mother, and he ended up becoming one of the club’s most prolific knitters.  


“At first, people started laughing and they’d be like, ‘you’re a girl because you’re doing that,’ ” Beltran said. “I was like, ‘I don’t even care because I’m in this to help.’ ”