I could tell you the story, but I think I will let Mrs. Quinn do it. (She gave me permission to post this)
The 3rd and 4th Grade Sewing News
“The students have been working on a service project in sewing this trimester. We are making quilts for the cats and dogs in the Hillside SPCA. The fabric we are using is fleece and was donated by a local business called “You’re Getting Warmer”.
“You’re Getting Warmer” is owned by Linda McCabe and is located in Reading. She makes a very nice toasty warm product that is like a shrug, but only has the sleeves. (I bought one and it is wonderful for keeping warm when reading in bed!)
Mrs. McCabe has the cuttings returned to her from the factory so that they don’t end up in the landfill. She was selling bags of fleece cuttings and scraps on Craig’s List in order to recycle them. Around the same time, I saw the article about the Hillside SPCA needing blankets for the animals, and it seemed to be a good project for the students. Their sewing skills had progressed very well to the point that they could make a quality quilt.
Our sewing classes needed fabric, so I emailed her to buy some. I told her about the school, and then explained what we wanted to make for the animal shelter. She checked us out online and really liked what we do. When I went to pick up the fabric, she decided to donate the cuttings to us instead. She gave us 7 giant bags of cuttings! (They really were giant bags! My basement breathed a huge sigh of relief when they were gone)
The students are making very good use of them. Ms. Bassler’s class is making quilts out of brown and tan cuttings, and Mrs. Shanoskie’s class is using the purple and lavender fabric. The quilting projects should wrap up by the 9th of December. We also have something called “Bus Stop Sewing”. It is comprised of students that are waiting for their bus in the afternoon and using the cuttings from Mrs. McCabe, they make small, quick projects during their 15-20 minutes of waiting.
I have really enjoyed sewing with your child this trimester! I hope we get to sew together again. There will be an after school sewing club when we come back from Christmas break, so keep an eye for the information.
Thank you, and enjoy your Thanksgiving!”
Gi l l i n g h a m C H A R T E R S C H O O L
915 Howard Av e P o t t s v i l l e , P a 1 7 9 0 1
How cool is that? I am planning to get some photos of the children in the next few weeks and will post them. (The photos in this post are for illustration only and are not related to Gillingham Charter School.)
Oh, and if you have missed it, our most popular blog post ever was the alligator steak demo I posted last Thanksgiving. Our ‘gators are soaking in their swamp, getting ready for the big feast tomorrow! Hope that whatever you have to eat, you eat it with those you love.
Thankful for my blessings,
Linda McCabe–You’re Getting Warmer