A year of sewing and giving ends with donation of baby quilts

Students proudly show off their quilts: (L-R) Ashlee Dinger, Jordan Barnes, Michelle Ni, and Kyra Parks. Photo/Special.

Knowing how to sew might come in handy some day, but using newly acquired sewing skills to help the community is what students are doing now.

Students in Laurel Hinze’s Family and Consumer Science classes at Whitewater Middle have been busy this year learning how to quilt and sew. While students often make items to take home, those in Hinze’s classes have generously donated their creations to help various charitable organizations on a local, state and national level.

The latest and last donation of the year is from the seventh graders who have made baby quilts that will be donated to Promise Place in Fayette. Working with Hinze and master quilter Therisa Burke, the students demonstrated their sewing abilities by completing 14 quilts, each signed by the students who made it along with notes of care and love. A personal drawstring bag accompanies the quilts and can be used to carry diapers, lotions, powders and other baby care items.

“We are proud of our latest positive and rewarding project that benefits both our students and community. It is wonderful to see the excitement in the eyes of our students when they sign their quilts,” said Hinze.

Two students, Sydney and Skylar, wrote on their quilt, “This took a lot of hard work, but it was worth it! Enjoy!”

The quilts will be presented to the Southern Crescent Quilt Guild meeting later this month. The Guild will deliver the quilts to Promise Place on behalf of the students.

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