TO HONOR THOSE WE LOVE

A Q&A with Melissa Gernhart discussing her Craft Day

Emma Brence

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January 31, 2023
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Photo Courtesy of Kate Miller

The PHS girl’s swim team gathers at the middle school to help kids make holiday crafts.

After a loved one has passed, families and friends are desperate to find ways to keep their memories and triumphs alive. It is essential for those grieving to keep their loved ones close and hold on to what they have achieved.

Westside Second-grade teacher Melissa Gernhart created a craft day for elementary students, K-5th grade, once a month, in the commons of the Powell Middle School to honor Diana Fulton who passed away. Kids can gather here with their friends and make crafts.

Question:

Is there any cost for the kids?

Answer:

There is no cost. Family donations from the Diana Fulton family, and Powell Foundation Donation, donate supplies and money.

Q:

What is your favorite part of Craft day?

A:

My favorite part is watching the kids show their parents the craft they created. Their eyes light up, and they are always so proud of themself and their creative crafts.

Q:

What is the goal for the high school teams and clubs helping?

A:

The goal with the high school kids is to have high school students mentor and get involved with our youth. It has been so fun watching different groups of high school kids come, interact and craft with the elementary kiddos.

Q:

What is the significance of Craft Day?

A:

Aunt Diana let kids make messes and spread supplies everywhere. This would be her dream. After she suddenly passed away last year, we knew we needed to do something for kids in her memory.