Sunday, April 17, 2011

Little Hands for Big Heroes Lapquilt Project

Little Hands For Big Heroes
Little Hands Background:
While older students, 5th-8th grade, were busy doing interviews with veterans, younger students wanted to be involved too. Little Hands for Big Heroes was developed to introduce 4th graders to service-learning and to veterans in particular.
Mrs. Skeen, Title I Math Teacher, worked with 4th graders to teach measurement math concepts. Mrs. Dake, Gifted and Art Teacher, taught color, pattern, and history of quilts to 4th grade art students. Gifted students learned leadership skills as they worked with first grade students painting handprints on each quilt.

Veteran's Hospital Partner
The Veteran's Hospital in Oklahoma City has been our community partner since the first year of Little Hands. The Volunteer Services department at the VA has been an amazing partner! Students of all ages, parents, and teachers deliver lapquilts on Saturday visits. On each visit, students visit each patient and give them a quilt. They thank the veteran for their service and just try to brighten their day a little.

Other incredible partners include QuiltWorks in Oklahoma City, and volunteers who now help sew quilt tops for us. Without their countless hours of sewing, we would not be able to put together the
quilts like we do.
Since 2006 we have distributed almost 700 quilts.

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