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Ruzicka makes blankets for rehab residents

Mikayla Ruzicka shows one of the blankets she made with GHR residents.

Photo by Lorie Palmer
Mikayla Ruzicka shows one of the blankets she made with GHR residents.

— A group of residents at Grangeville Health and Rehabilitation (GHR) will be a little warmer this winter, thanks in part to Grangeville High School senior Mikayla Ruzicka.

Ruzicka helped nine residents make fleece blankets as part of her senior project.

“I had a car wash to raise money for the fleece this summer, and then the residents helped tie the blankets,” she said.

Ruzicka had already formed a relationship with GHR residents prior to starting her senior project.

“I got to know them when I was working on my CNA training,” Ruzicka explained. She spent Saturdays working on that and learning to take care of patients, including taking them for meals, getting their stats and doing daily activities with them.

Ruzicka is still figuring out where she wants to go to college and what she wants to do following graduation, she said, but she is leaning toward the medical field.

“I have always been interested in that, and with my CNA, I will have a job back-up from now through college,” she said.

Busy with varsity volleyball and basketball, Ruzicka has also made time for FCCLA (Future Career and Community Leaders of America) and National Honor Society.

“I’m a family person, too,” she said. “I like to spend time with my family and my friends.”

She feels the senior projects geared toward community service are a good idea.

“They stretch us to do different things, to get out of our comfort zones,” she said. “This project has taught me to interact more and do a better job at it. I think it’s really good to get out in the community and help other people.”

Ruzicka was mentored by Amy Farris, activities director at GHR.


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