Students net $220 for Malaria No More

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In her language arts class at Cottonwood Valley Charter School, sixth-grader Alice Zhang is learning more than how to weave words into poetry and prose.
When her teacher, Kim Berlat, asked the class for ideas for a service project, 11-year-old Alice had no trouble coming up with one.

“I knew about Malaria No More because my mother made a donation to them before,” said Alice. “It was my teacher’s idea to raise money by knitting scarves.”
For several months, Alice and her classmates have been knitting and crocheting scarves to raise money for Malaria No More, an organization that distributes insecticide treated mosquito nets to families in Africa.
Using donated supplies, Berlat taught her students to knit and crochet, and read aloud to them while they worked.
“I knew how to knit already, but not to crochet,” Alice said. “Lots of people finger-knitted, too.”
For a $10 donation, Malaria No More sends one treated mosquito net to Africa. The class goal was to raise $100, enough to send 10 nets. The students sold scarves to family members and friends for $5 each, and ultimately raised $220, enough for 22 nets.
Alice doesn’t remember how many scarves she finished, but it felt like “a lot.” Her favorite subject in school is science, and when she’s not at school, she likes to play golf. She plays oboe and piano, and her favorite music is classical.
Malaria No More’s Web site says there are more than a million deaths due to malaria every year, and that the solution lies with simple tools — nets, spraying and medicine. Because mosquitoes that spread malaria feed at night, sleeping under a net is a simple way to reduce infections.