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PHS senior makes hats for St. Jude’s patients


Lindsay Goeckner, Prairie High School senior, sits in the school library with stacks of fleece hats she made for St. Jude patients. Goeckner delivered her hats to the facility in Spokane Friday, Nov. 4.

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Lindsay Goeckner, Prairie High School senior, sits in the school library with stacks of fleece hats she made for St. Jude patients. Goeckner delivered her hats to the facility in Spokane Friday, Nov. 4.



— Between working several jobs, 4-H, homework and preparing scholarship applications, Prairie High School senior Lindsay Goeckner also manages to find time to make hats. Not for herself, nor her friends, but rather she has a mission to cover young cancer patients with a little love.

Goeckner began making fleece hats her freshman year in high school after receiving a brochure from St. Jude’s Hospital. An idea quickly evolved into her senior project. Each graduating senior is required to complete a project and make a presentation for a pass/fail grade.

PHS Principal Carrie Nygaard said Goeckner’s work embodies the spirit and intent of senior projects.

“The project was originally designed with community service in mind,” Nygaard said. “As a freshman, she knew that she wanted to make hats for those who were ill or fighting cancer. Her visit to the Ronald McDonald House was the culmination of her four-year project, which was based on love, kindness, and compassion for those in need.”

Goeckner was familiar with the services St. Jude’s provides young children. She said a family member had received care there when Lindsay was younger. She approached her mother with the brochure and inquired about the possibility of making hats.

“I though, ‘oh my God, what if my hats could make a difference?’,” Goeckner said. “It’s no fun having to stay at St. Jude’s. Even if I could make the family a little bit happier and bring a little bit of joy I will feel good about this.”

Goeckner has been sewing through the Cottonwood Saddliers and Livestock 4-H club for 10 years. As the project began to develop she knew she would need to create a pattern. After researching on Pinterest, a website allowing users to post and save images and web links, she generated ideas for a pattern.

It takes one-eighth of a yard to create one hat, Goeckner said.

“People donated a lot of fleece,” she said. “My mom bought some and my aunt from California sent a whole bunch. I still have this whole tub full of fleece leftover.”

Goeckner has completed 39 hats in three different sizes: small, medium and large. On Friday, Nov. 4, Goeckner drove with her parents, Brent and Jennie Goeckner, to Spokane to deliver the hats.

“I’m not doing this for fame,” she said. “My goal is make someone happy.”

When Goeckner isn’t at school or completing homework, she works as a receptionist at Schlader Photography in Cottonwood and helps with concessions at PHS games. She works as a waitress on weekends for Keuterville Pub and Grub and summers at St. Gertrude’s Monastery.

She also participates in 4-H and up until her senior year was active with Future Farmers of America (FFA) and Prairie League.

“Right now it’s more important for me to work and save money for college,” she said. Goeckner plans to attend the University of Idaho, Moscow, and seek a dual major in production and business in the Animal and Veterinary Science department.



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