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In school, most of us had the good old classes of reading, writing, and arithmetic. But one teacher in Battlefield is trying to add another subject to her students’ education: compassion. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports on a group of kids who bypassed the zoo and local parks on Tuesday, and instead took a field trip to a cancer center in Springfield.
About 10 children from Little Angels Learning Academy delivered hand-knitted caps they made with their own hands to patients undergoing chemotherapy at the Hulston Cancer Center.
The idea to knit the caps and give them to cancer patients originated with their teacher, Felicia Parker.
The children first visited the facility in June, when they toured the center and learned about cancer. Today there were two patients there to receive the caps, and one of the patients lifted up her wig to reveal her bald head underneath. That was Springfield resident Sharon Lynch, who has breast cancer.
Lynch says she’s finished with chemo for now, but she only began her radiation treatments Monday. She said she revealed part of her scalp because she wanted the kids to remember the event.
One of the children was an elementary schoolgirl by the name of Genesis. She said it made her feel good to make the multi-colored cap, and that while she was making it, she wondered about who would eventually wear it.
The kids ranged in age from five to 10 years old. For more information on the Caps for Cancer program, you can visit www.capsforcancerpatients.com.
For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.