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PHMS Kids Sew Quilts for Kids(June, 2008)

pioneer students display quiltsSkills for Living students at Pioneer Heritage Middle School combined their new sewing skills with lessons about compassion during this past school year, according to Denise Sicula, Skills for Living teacher. Skills for Living is the new name for what was once called Home Economics.

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During the fall the students learned to sew by making colorful drawstring bags. The bags were filled with socks, games, pencils and stuffed animals which were brought in by students who attended the school’s Fall Fine Arts Department Costume Party. The bags were donated to patients, who were not well enough to attend the Fall Festivals at Children’s Medical Center and the Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Following the goodie bag project, students began working on quilts for Quilts for Kids, a national project that provides colorful blankets for hospitalized children. The kids were pleased with how they turned out. The students choose four fabrics, cut strips, and sewed the quilt tops together. They were amazed at how it looked when they were finished.  “Tina Bliese, a mother of a class member, volunteered to machine quilt, back, and bind their creations,” Sicula said.

The material for this project was donated to Quilts for Kids by Dickies, a manufacturer of medical scrubs. PHMS staff member Loni Chewning, who is the coordinator for the Dallas Chapter  received 1,000 yards of material to pass on to volunteer quilters. The program’s goal is to make “loveable pieces of comfort”.

The program offered the opportunity to teach the students about participating in  community service and empathy for children who are terminally ill.

The 35 quilts were displayed in the school and will be delivered to the hospitals this summer.