A passion for service and some basic sewing skills led Olentangy Orange Middle School (OOMS) students enrolled in the school’s Life Skills class to give back in an unique way. Under the direction of family and consumer science teacher Julianna Harper, the students have been making pillow cases for children diagnosed with cancer. The class worked with the all-volunteer ConKerr Cancer program, which provides children who have cancer with colorful pillowcases to brighten their hospital stay.
“The students are involved in each and every step of the pillow-making project,” Harper said. “We practice measuring skills before cutting out the fabric, we work on converting inches to feet for our measurements, we get a lot of practice with eye-hand coordination while ironing, cutting, pinning and sewing, and we have discussions about how thankful we are that we are healthy enough to be in school rather than in a hospital.”
The students are making 16 pillows for the service project and will donate them to Nationwide Children’s Hospital this month.