School Assignment Transforms Into "Monster" Project - - No One Gets You Closer

School Assignment Transforms Into "Monster" Project

ARDMORE, OK -- A school project is normally a big undertaking, one that both students and parents can't wait to finish.

But one assignment a young Texoma girl was given back in September has grown into something much bigger because of her desire to help others.

Most of us are familiar with the story of "Where The Wild Things Are."

But for one student in Jimmie Wallis' class, an assignment inspired by the children's book became something more.

"It was just this great concept of what truly encapsulates who Jaycee Miller is," said Wallis, a kindergarten teacher at Oak Hall Episcopal School.

Six year old Jaycee Miller has got a loving personality.

"She's six years old and she truly believes that a hug makes every problem in the world go away," said Jami Miller, Jaycee's mom.

That's why Jaycee and her family began making what she calls Mr. Monster Hugs.

Jaycee's philosophy simply is: everybody needs a hug.

She personally creates the huggable monsters, which are designed to help brighten the lives of terminally ill children--like Garett Grider who's been battling cancer since he was three years old.

Jaycee's parents say the venture has taught them many lessons along the way.

"Just being able to just hang out with the family and have a project is priceless," said Jeff Miller, Jaycee's father.

For Jaycee's teacher, the growth of the project takes a special meaning.

She says several people in her life, including her mother who has dementia and a close friend who is terminally ill, will be receiving a big hug from a monster soon.

"That's just going to give me that wonderful satisfaction," said Wallis. "She's going to serve others through our product that developed out of some simple kindergarten project."

One thing is certain, there's lots of love, where these wild things are.

Jaycee and her parents will be delivering the first 20 or so Mr. Monster Hugs  in the Ardmore area Friday.

They hope to expand giving the plush monsters to nursing homes and military families.