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Custodian fosters close-knit community

February 28, 2011
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MARIETTA, WV — As students of Washington Elementary reach out to the community through service projects and fundraisers, there are staff members setting examples and lending their own helping hands to make that happen, according to the News and Sentinel.

For six years, custodian Joyce Murphy has given up her free time after school and often her vacation time to lead students in a quilting club, giving them membership to a close-knit group, a new skill and donating most of the finished products to charity, the article stated.

The quilts, pillowcases and stuffed animals made by the club have gone right into the hands of nursing home patients, soldiers in Afghanistan and those being helped by the American Red Cross, the article noted.

According to the article, the club is currently creating stuffed rabbits, which they will auction off for the American Cancer Society, and a large quilt adorned with red hearts meant to raise money for a Washington Elementary Relay for Life team.

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