Skyview blankets

Skyview students deliver blankets they made to the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Family Shelter on Thursday.

LARRY MAYER Gazette Staff

On a frigid morning, students from Skyview High dropped off a warm gift at the Montana Rescue Mission Women and Families shelter. 

Students made blankets as part of a monthly service project that's a joint effort between several special education classes. 

"It feels good, just because you're helping someone else," said student Kile Skaggs. 

Students toured the shelter Thursday when delivering the blankets, which will be donated to new arrivals at the shelter. 

"The ladies here will really appreciate that you have done this," said rescue mission public relations manager Denise Smith. "They just came into the shelter within the last few days or week or so."

Students saw the kitchen area and different room styles that shelter residents stay in, including some that were newly remodeled. They also learned a little about rescue mission programs, like cooking classes that teach people cost-effective skills. 

Smith asked students how many knew how to make the likes of mac 'n' cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Everyone raised their hand. 

"We have people who don't know how to do any of that stuff," she said. 

Other projects the Skyview students have worked on this year include volunteer work for the Billings Food Bank and a volunteering with holiday decorations for the elderly. 

The other side of the coin for students is a monthly reward field trip, like bowling.

"We do something fun and we do something to give back," said teacher Jessica Bulluck. 

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