This semester's 8th grade Family and Consumer Science students at Wellington Middle School are making lap quilts called "quillows" (A quilt that folds into a pillow)
Large sewing projects like this require the students to work together and 4 dozen plus WMS 8th graders are doing just that as part of a community service project.within the classroom.
Vicki Hillhouse, the FACS instructor told her students from the beginning they were a "class family" and the only way to get this many quilts made is all to work together. From the beginning steps of laying the three layers out on large tables, to pinning the layers, then having a buddy help you manage the weight and the size of the quilts while each person sews his/her quilt.
That's all followed by the tying method which is done by several of the classmates. Upon completion, peer tutoring including tips and other helpful information so each student can be successful. The students are having fun while learning and feel such an accomplishment upon completion of this large project. Many of the students shopped locally for their project supplies. (another lesson - supporting your local businesses) Other lessons incorporated into the project include life skills, peer tutoring, kindness, working together, time management, just to name a few. Instructor Hillhouse gets "tremendous joy in teaching and working with these WMS students" and "could not be more proud of them."