Number of Participants: 16
Hours Donated: 4
Value of Time Served: $541
Event Type: Children & Youth
Date: February 10, 2022
Westhampton Beach Elementary School second grade students are sewing kindness quilts as part of a kindness initiative and fundraiser for the St. Jude Experimenting, Prototyping, Inventing and Creating Challenge.
The project, spearheaded by STEM teacher Katherine Haack, school librarian Joy Campagna and art teacher Sarah Drake, kicked off after students read “The Kindness Quilt” by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace and discussed the meaning of kindness during their library time. In art, the lesson continued with students learning more about what quilts are, how the quilt sandwich method is used to construct them, and the meaning of collaboration. They then constructed their own quilt blocks after practicing how to draw block letters. With the blocks complete, they worked in their STEM classes to sew them together using sewing machines.
The four fully constructed quilts, which feature words of kindness, will be showcased at the Parrish Art Museum Student Exhibition from March 12 – May 1 and then donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital along with a book of get-well-soon notes that they penned in STEM. Additionally, students are aiming to raise $1,000 for the organization through its EPIC Challenge fundraising page. Students collaboratively designed the page during their STEM period. Donations can be made here: https://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR?pg=team&fr_id=134986&team_id=271218
Photo caption: Westhampton Beach Elementary School students are sewing kindness quilts as part of a fundraiser for the St. Jude Experimenting, Prototyping, Inventing and Creating Challenge.
Photo courtesy of the Westhampton Beach Union Free School District