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First-graders learn how to create history

Monday, March 28, 2005

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Pam Fischer's first-grade class at Jackson Township Elementary display their handmade quilts. Names listed in story.



Pam Fischer's first-grade class at Jackson Township Elementary recently learned about the age-old art of quilting.

"The students learned about the importance and special meanings behind quilts," Fischer said about the project. "They learned that quilts are created many times with loving memories."

The opportunity for students to learn how to create their own heirloom came about thanks to an idea between Fischer and friend Anne Beckley.

"In February, Anne called and asked if she could come to my classroom and present a quilting lesson to the children," Fischer said, explaining that her students had been admiring a hanging quilt in the classroom throughout the school year that Anne had made. "I happily accepted her generous offer knowing what special memories it would create for these first-graders."

The week Anne arrived to talk to the class seven volunteers came to help the students with the needlework.

"I was shocked to walk in and find 16 boys in the class," Anne remembered. She was worried about how to get them started sewing. "But those boys took right to it, and got so excited about it, that they became meticulous about each stitch."

Keeping their interest wasn't difficult.

"I liked sewing the patches on my quilt," first-grader Cuong Tong said, hugging his red, white and blue creation. "It was a lot of fun."

The project was a huge success.

A little knowledge of sewing early in life can provide a huge payoff later.

Young people that sew have a better ability to understand concepts, greater creativity levels and higher problem solving skills. These abilities will transfer over into every facet of their lives.

"My classroom has been working on mastering the extensive first-grade Indiana standards all year long," Fischer said, recognizing the vital fact that students need to be able to have pride in their accomplishments. "The quilt activity brought to the classroom a tangible product in which a student can see their achievement, while still implementing the standards through language arts, process writing, problem-solving and social studies."

The project's materials were sponsored by the Brazil Lion's Club Adopt-A-Class program.

"We are so very happy to be able to help you with your project," said Brazil Lion's Club Member Stacey Collins at the presentation of the student's finished quilt blocks. The group also delivered school supplies for the classroom during the presentation.

Names from the picture on the front page, front Row: Kaitlyn, Addy, Cuong, Jordan B., Hyatt and Kayle Second Row: Caleb, Marcus, Kyle, Hunter, Noah F., Zach and Jacob Third Row: Brazil Lion's Club members Stacey Collins and Vicki New, Jordan S., Noah G., Seth, Mrs. Fischer, Chris, Tyler, Ben, Drake, Anne Beckley and her son PFC Phil Beckley.

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