Hayes High School students' service projects are making life a little better for their neighbors in need.

Hayes High School students' service projects are making life a little better for their neighbors in need.

Every year, about 70 students who take Life Planning and Living Today courses as part of the family and consumer science course offerings at the high school work on a service project through Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

Life Planning courses are offered to sophomores, juniors and seniors, and Living Today courses are offered to all grades.

Projects have included baking cakes for the Family Promise of Delaware County cakewalk fundraiser and making quilts for nursing homes.

This year, students made comfort blankets that were donated to Grady Memorial Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital.

The blankets are made from multicolored fleece and required no sewing. They were knotted together by the students at the beginning of this month.

Each young patient receives a blanket when he or she is admitted to the hospital. Some children receive a stuffed animal instead of or in addition to a blanket.

Vicki Koogler, family and consumer science teacher, said the service projects used to be a part of an after-school club.

However, many students were having conflicts with other school activities. As a result, the teachers decided to make the service projects part of the classroom curriculum.

"These projects go right along with the curriculum," Koogler said. "They are learning about communicating and community and this is something that is part of that."

Koogler said she thinks this service project, in particular, goes along with the course on parenting and childhood development, since some of the blankets are going to children at the hospital.

The students volunteered to drive the blankets to the hospital, which was impressive to Koogler.

"These projects are good for our students and we're usually the ones that deliver the end product," she said. "This year, the students asked if they could do it themselves."

Koogler said students can learn a lot from these projects and she thinks it's a great addition to the curriculum.

"It's a good thing for students to give back. It really is good for them," she said.