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October 2, 2013

Hackey House students craft goods for community

DANVILLE — Hackey House students are crafting up handmade goods for community members to purchase.

The students, all members of the Danville High School’s transition program, got to show off their handiwork to family and friends at their open house, held Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The open house “gives the community a chance to see what they (the students) can do,” said Andrea Stine, a life skills teacher with the school district.

Items crafted by students included braided rubber band spirit bracelets, parachord spirit bracelets, earrings, and bottlecap necklaces, bracelets and magnets.

Costs of the different jewelry items ranged between $1 and $5.

The Hackey House students will begin crafting more intricate pieces later this year, similar to ones started by last year’s class. Those designs are more intricate and will take more time for the newer students to learn, said Stine.

New products being created by Hackey House students this year include dog treats and themed gift baskets. A coffee basket was assembled using products from Danville business Bason Coffee Roasting. Another, the “Boy’s Basket,” had various superhero-themed products and toys in it.

In the future, the Hackey House plans to sell holiday-themed baskets and “get well” baskets for friends and relatives to buy patients at Geisinger Medical Center.

The price on baskets runs between $8 and $20.

Other items created and sold by students include greeting cards for $1 each and snacks such as caramel popcorn and chocolate-covered pretzel sticks each for $1 a bag.

“It gives them (the students) a sense of pride and ownership when people use their products,” said Sandy Stefanovige, paraprofessional house manager for the Hackey House.

Proceeds generated from sales go to fund supplies for the Hackey House, which is heavily used for instruction by the transition program, as well as educational trips for transition students.

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