School Staff Take to Knitting in Honor of Jennifer Longworth
Jennifer Longworth and her husband John "Dion" Longworth were killed in the Richmond Hill Explosion. (file photo)
Jennifer Longworth loved to knit, especially for her second-grade students. Now that she is gone, other teachers are remembering her by picking up the needle and yarn.
The day after Jennifer and her husband Dion died in the explosion in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, those who worked with Jennifer at Southwest Elementary School knew they would have to take care of something she had been doing for her kids for the last four or five years. Just before Christmas break, Jennifer would knit hats for all the boys in her class and scarves for all the girls. Teachers, other employees, even one of the bus drivers at Southwest have more than taken up the slack.
Southwest teacher Cathy Strange says several teachers who had never knitted before sat down and learned so they could contribute. Strange has been knitting for a number of years and is helping to make the hats and scarves for Mrs. Longworth's former students. All of them will be in Mrs. Longworth's favorite color - Colts blue. In honor of the passionate Colts fan, each scarf and hat will feature a football patch, with the phrase "In memory of Mrs. Longworth" on the back.
Southwest principal Beth Guilfoy is not a knitter, but says she has had a blast watching the entire school get behind the knitting effort. Guilfoy says a chance for the school family to laugh, have fun and to make something that will leave a lasting impression has helped the school grieve the loss of the Longworths.
Dozens of extra scarves and hats made by Southwest employees will be donated to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.