PSLA at Fowler Student Donates Hats to American Heart Association
Published on 2/12/16
District News PSLA @ Fowler
Paw Pree is a freshman in the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program at PSLA at Fowler. After moving to the U.S. from Thailand in 2010, she developed a love for crochet as a way to clear her mind of life’s stresses.
“When you focus on crocheting, you can go fast. I forget other things,” she said.
One day, Paw searched the Internet for a beginner’s video of how to crochet a hat. She began by making a hat for a teacher, who spread the word to her colleagues. It wasn’t long after that school counselor Kristen Stanton noticed a story in the Penny Saver about “Little Hats, Big Hearts,” a campaign by the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease and congenital heart defects.
Through Little Hats, Big Hearts, knit red hats will be donated to all babies born in February at participating hospitals—including several across Central New York. Ms. Stanton asked Paw if she would be interested in participating.
“I love babies, and I love to help,” Paw explained, noting that her interest was immediate. “My teachers bought me yarn, and I made 12 hats in just a couple of days. It feels awesome to help people and I’d love to find other ways to help others.”
Ms. Stanton contacted the American Heart Association about Paw’s efforts, and staff there was so impressed, they invited Paw to their downtown offices. She received a certificate recognizing her crocheted contribution, as well as an inflatable mannequin to help her practice CPR in her EMT studies.
“I was so surprised,” Paw exclaimed. “This is the first year that really good things have happened to me. I know I will be helping people in my future… my future is helping others and doing good. I want to be an EMT or nurse because there are so many people in the world who are sick. I want the world to be peaceful and I want to be a part of that. Whether we’re different colors or we speak different languages, we’re all people and we can still help each other.”
Thank you to Paw for her passion for making positive contributions—and thank you to the PSLA at Fowler community for supporting Paw’s efforts!