As I’ve mentioned before, one fun part of teaching at our school is the flexibility of our Friday schedule. We have regular math/language arts classes, but then break out into more unusual activites with a focus on service learning. As part of this schedule, I have been able to lead some craft lessons on Friday afternoons. Such a fun way to lead into the weekend!
This past semester, the kids have been learning to sew. Yes, 12 year-olds. With needles. Yes, the boys too. As the final project associated with these lessons, the kids were split up into groups of four to construct quilts for Project Linus. Project Linus is an organization that donates handmade blankets to children in the hospital. This is beneficial because kids are sometimes not allowed to bring blankets from home and the handmade blankets let them know that someone is thinking of them.
The past few weeks have been utter chaos, but with the help of some wonderful parent volunteers, our students were able to produce 16 quilts. It was so much fun to watch the kids (again: yes, the boys too) sewing during their free time in anticipation of seeing the final product. They also seemed to really connect with the idea of doing something to help other kids. It may have been slightly exhausting and at moments made me want to pull my hair out (I rethreaded more types of machines than I ever knew existed), but it was totally worth it!