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Teacher's mother knits presents for students

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. For the past two years Eleanor Johnson has knitted scarves for her daughter's speech therapy class at Minor Elementary School. Each year she knits ten scarves for the students to take home for Christmas and is now working on the batch for 2011. Johnson has been knitting for over 60 years.

Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips. For the past two years Eleanor Johnson has knitted scarves for her daughter's speech therapy class at Minor Elementary School. Each year she knits ten scarves for the students to take home for Christmas and is now working on the batch for 2011. Johnson has been knitting for over 60 years.

BUFORD — Eleanor Johnson started knitting when she was in high school.

For the second year in a row, she used her talent for a good cause. Johnson, who will be 90 in February, knitted 10 scarves for girls at Minor Elementary School.

The students attend speech therapy with Johnson's daughter, Karen Nix, a speech language pathologist. Nix said the students on her caseload range from deaf/hard of hearing to language delayed.

In addition to the scarves, Johnson and Nix got hats for the girls.

“She did it last year, (too), and the kids were so excited,” Nix said.

Johnson, who lives in a retirement community in Buford, said it took her about a year to knit the scarves for the girls.

“I wanted to do something for somebody,” she said. “I thought scarves are in style and (the girls) would enjoy them.”