Binghamton High School Promise Zone students have been using their afterschool time to make a difference. The students have been working together to create plastic sleeping mats for area homeless people.
Carla Murray, Community Schools Coordinator with the Broome County Promise Zone said the students became interested in helping the homeless and started to do research about how prevalent homelessness is and what groups of people it impacts.
“It is a great initiative to raise awareness about homeless and the needs they have,” Murray said. “Last summer the students did a project to learn more about the homeless population… and felt that one way they could contribute to maybe provide some support is to make these mats for them.”
The mats are created by heavy-duty plastic bags that are cut into plastic strips and interwoven into a 6x10 foot mat. Murray said making the mats is a very time consuming process, but one that the students are very proud of. The mats will be donated to area shelters upon completion.