Jeffrey Thomas, in his first year as a special ed teacher in Indianapolis, was taken aback when he saw some of his students wearing only a sweatshirt in freezing Indianapolis weather. Some men see things and ask why. Other men, like Jeffrey Thomas, find a solution. Using his own money, coupons, and Black Friday sales, teacher Thomas purchased fleece fabric and made 650 scarves for the students at Lew Wallace School 107.
His project went through 100 yards of fabric in order to make the 8-inch wide scarves. He had 50 patterns for the students to choose from because he wanted them to feel special.He lined them up on a tale in each class and allowed the students to “shop.”
Mr. Thomas wore out two cutting boards and more scissors than he recalls. He did all the work over a period of several months.
Mr. Thomas is a shining example of a life being lived well in the dedication to others. The Barometer suspects that he has no idea the number of lives beyond the 650 that will be impacted by his selflessness. We are in awe.
For the full story see Arika Herron, “Teacher Makes Scarves For Almost 650 Students,” USA Today, December 22, 2017, p. 5A.