GroupPicKnit-A-Thon | January 12-March 22, 2024

We are excited to be starting the 2024 Knit-a-Thon! The Knit-a-Thon is a chance for our school community to knit or crochet  squares that will be assembled into blankets. These blankets will be donated to the Sacramento Blankets for Sacramento Kids organization, which will gift these blankets to children in need, as well as the Front Street Animal Shelter, which will use them as cozy blankets for animals while waiting to be adopted. Most of the blankets will be donated to local children who are in hospitals, unhoused, or otherwise in need of warmth, as well as dogs and cats at the animal shelter. Each square made, knitted or crocheted with love from our Alice Birney community, when combined with other squares become beautiful and warm blankets, appreciated by those in need in our community. The squares, when in blanket form, provide a virtual hug from Alice Birney to the recipient of the blanket! Last year, over 15 blankets were made from the squares and binding expertise of the Alice Birney community!

The “Knitty-Gritty”:
Squares need to be 20 stitches by 34 stitches or so in order to make a “perfect” square. Fold one corner to the other to check as you knit. This should make a 5” square.

If knitting at home, please only use  yarn that is washable and worsted weight, medium/4 preferred (for example, no cotton yarn, no baby or bulky yarn). There will be yarn available in classrooms and in the office.

For each square knitted or crocheted, the student’s name will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to represent Alice Birney when these completed blankets are given to the animal shelter and organization that gives the blankets to the children. Additionally, selected students will be treated to some fun after the blankets have been delivered.

Completed squares should be given to Ms. Horning at recess or during lunch. Completed squares can also be turned into the teacher or office, as long as squares are together (i.e. in a bag) and they clearly have the student’s name included, if they would like to be included in the drawing.

Students can knit or crochet at home or at school. Family and friends can also knit squares, but only current students qualify to be entered in the drawing. To be considered for the drawing, all squares must be turned in to Ms. Horning or the office, no later than Friday March 22nd.

We encourage our entire Alice Birney community to participate in the Knit-a-Thon in one way or another. You could knit or crochet squares or you could…

  • Roll yarn into balls
  • Donate or make wooden knitting needles, to be used by children when knitting
  • Volunteer to become a blanketeer, who assembles knitted or crocheted squares together into a blanket

We are also in need of adult Alice Birney members to act as blanketeers (those who assemble the squares together into blankets). We will provide the squares and yarn, and basic instructions.

To help out the Knit-a-Thon by rolling yarn balls, donating/making knitting needles or becoming a blanketeer, please contact Knit-a-Thon Parent Coordinator Amanda Paskey at

We look forward to seeing your handiwork and appreciate the care and dedication you have to helping out members of our community in need.

Amanda Paskey, Knit-a-Thon Parent Coordinator
Ms. Peggy, Knit-a-Thon Staff Coordinator


Fri May 17 | Pot Up, Prune & Foster a Plant Event, 2:12pm by big tree/benches (bring shovels and pruners if you have them!)
Sun  May 19 | Crafts & Conversation, 2-5pm – Needle Felting with Leslie
Mon May 27 | No School (Memorial Day)
Wed May 29 | Open House/Whole World Festival
Thu May 30 | School Site Council 4:30pm/Guild Meeting, 5:30pm (Budget Adoption)


Email: or call: 916-395-4510, press 1
Please include the following information when reporting an absence:

  • Parent’s name
  • Child’s full name
  • Teacher’s name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence

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