Monday, October 11, 2010

Help Betsy help her community through the KnitLit Club. If you vote, they could win an award from Clorox!

We just received this very nice note forwarded by our friends from KFI and I thought our Yarnmarket fans might want to vote online to help this group of industrious kids:

My name is Betsy Rodman, and I run a knitting/book club called "KnitLit" at Haverstraw Middle School, in Haverstraw, NY (Rockland County). Kids knit blankets for charity and we read and discuss a book together. This is an impoverished community (more than 50% of our students have free or reduced lunch), where knitting has caught on. KnitLit is extremely popular, and I even had to turn students away last year due to budget constraints. Sadly, the club is facing elimination this year due to a dire budget situation.

How you can help: we have been nominated for a "Power a Bright Future" award from the Clorox company. Winners are determined by vote (people can vote once a day through Nov. 1), and amazingly, after 5 days of voting we are in the TOP 5% NATIONWIDE among all of the nominees! BUT we have a long way to go to get to the top, with some serious competition from lots of sports activities and marching bands. Wouldn't it be wonderful for handcrafts and the knitting world to see a group of young knitters win this award?

Is there any way that you could help us spread the word to a larger audience? Perhaps a blurb to your e-mail list? We need to move quickly, as voting ends Nov. 1st.

To read our award application, go to this link:

For more info, go to and search on "KnitLit". You can read our award application there. We also have a KnitLit Facebook page. You can reach me at the e-mail above, or find me on FB under "Betsy Rodman" or call me: 845-269-5252.

What a wonderful opportunity to help a worthy cause without donating a penny, and to spread the word of the power of knitting with young people! I thank you for any support you could lend us!

Betsy Rodman
Haverstraw Middle School KnitLit Club
Phone: 845-269-5252

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