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Making special keepsakes

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Meridian Elementary fifth-grade students in Amy Hardey's class work in an assembly line Tuesday on approximately 170 placemats to be delivered to local nursing homes for Thanksgiving. Kimberly Gleason Photo. [Order this photo]
There is a group of students who are thinking about those who are much older than them this Thanksgiving holiday.

"I was sitting at home trying to think about lesson plans," fifth-grade teacher Amy Hardey said.

Watching a music video on YouTube by Brett Eldredge, a musician from Paris, Ill., called "Raymond," got the wheels in Hardey's head moving.

Amy Hardey
"I called the local nursing homes to find out about making Thanksgiving placemats," she said. "One set that they could reuse."

After talking with staff, Hardey decided it would be better to create a place-mat for each resident, an approximate 170 placemats.

Realizing coloring so many placemats might be a little difficult for her students, Hardey enlisted the help of other classes.

"I had parents with students in other classes talking with me about the project," she said. "The students watched the video and I talked with them about the elderly and Alzheimer's (Disease)."

Though she had some worries about how the students would respond, Hardey had nothing to be concerned about.

"They were very receptive," she said. "The students began to share stories and understand why we were doing this project."

After each class finished coloring its own set of mats, they were given back to Hardey's class, which then began the assembling process.

Setting up an assembly line and assigning specialty jobs, students began the gluing of die cuts, the final additions of designs to each mat. Critiquing each other and discussing mistakes, Hardey stepped back and watched as students worked together to get all the placemats done.

"We were studying the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving as well as assembly lines and specialty jobs," Hardey said.

"This was a good project that covered items from class and still did something to help others."

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Way to go Amy these kids are learning about a very serious illness that affects the elderly everyday.I am so happy you are embracing these kids and teaching them about it.KUDOS! You are a wonderful teacher!

-- Posted by westsidemom on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:05 PM

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