Phoenix Middle School seventh graders in Ms. Terri Brown’s Family and Consumer Sciences classes sewed 310 standard-size pillow cases for sick children in Wisconsin hospitals.
The cases were donated to “Ryan’s Cases For Smiles,” a non-profit dedicated to helping make long-term hospital stays for children as best they can be.
The brightly-colored pillow cases were funded by a gift from the Delavan Lions Club.
The seventh graders learned how to measure and cut fabric and use a sewing machine in their Family and Consumer Science class in order to make the 300-plus. Using an assembly line format, the students began to sew. Along the way they also created and donated special cases for Phoenix students and staff who had family members dealing with cancer.
“The students were very proud of their accomplishments,” Brown said. The students invited Joleen Adkins from Ryan’s Cases For Smiles to Phoenix to receive the cases. The students told Atkins about what they learned on sewing and the importance of giving back to the community.
This community service project has been a favorite of Phoenix students for the past five years, with the Lions Club supporting it annually.