Service Learning Project: Pillow Cases for People in Care (Potosi, Mo.)

Date: June 23, 2011

The students at the Potosi Center recently participated in Pillow Cases for People in Care, in a service learning project where the students made pillow cases to donate to seniors at a local nursing home. This project required each student to buy two yards of fabric and then make two pillow slips using that fabric.  The local quilt shop gave our students a discount on the fabric. Each student had a chance to learn to pin fabric together, iron fabric and use a sewing machine. Once they had completed the pillow slips, several students met at a local nursing home and handed out pillow slips to the residents. The residents were very grateful and excited about receiving such a gift that we felt was so simple. It seemed to really brighten their day and their rooms.

This project was a bit challenging for students. Many of them had never sewn before or used a sewing machine. Some of our students had never picked up an iron. The students were very eager about this project and wanted to learn these basic skills. Several students even asked to be taught more specific skills, such as how to sew on a button or sew a rip in their clothing. This project not only taught the students the concept of giving, but it also taught many of them a life skill that will benefit them in the future.

We at the Potosi Center are very proud of the job our students did in giving back to the community this semester. We are looking forward to our service projects for next year.

I went with the students to pass out the pillow cases, and it was such a joy to see the residents of the nursing home so touched by the students’ generosity. Many of the residents could not believe they were giving them away! It was so nice to see this group of kids get such a reaction for their hard work on the pillow cases. I was proud to be able to share this wonderful experience with them.

Nicole Walker
Ombudsman Operations Manager
Illinois/Missouri

The Potosi R-3 School District partners with Ombudsman to operate the Potosi center.


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