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Apparel I Classes Sew for a Global Cause
Mrs. Megan Sellers’ Apparel I Students at Marvin Ridge High School Have Sewn for a Cause!
The students decided to participate in an organization called Little Dresses for Africa. Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit organization, founded by Rachel O’Neil in 2008, that collects dresses sewn from pillow cases. Little Dresses for Africa also accepts homemade britches for boys, allowing the boys to have newly made pants.
All CTE classes donated pillow cases to the Apparel class in order to contribute their own time and effort to the cause. The Apparel I curriculum includes basic sewing skills – hems, standard seams, and casings. Students were able to practice a variety of skills while making these dresses. Each of the pillowcases were cut with precision and sewn with greatest of accuracy as each of the students tried their hardest in order to make the dresses special for the little girls.
“This project really excited the girls! Working on something for other little girls was really encouraging to the students,” said Mrs. Sellers.
Sophomore Jasmine Kromah said, “I love being able to make dresses for little girls. It feels fantastic to submerge ourselves in helping the community because there are a lot of things we take for granted. These little girls and boys don’t have much to wear and don’t have the luxury of having what we have. It always feels good to give back and it never hurts to help.”
Each of the students made three dresses for a total of 36 dresses over a few weeks’ time. These dresses, along with dresses that are donated from all over the U.S, Australia, Canada, the UK, and Singapore will be donated and delivered to the little girls in Africa as well as other countries that are in need. The mission of The Little Dresses for Africa organization is to provide relief to the young children that have been affected by the AIDS pandemic who are left in the care of their older siblings as well as to help children from other oppressed countries.
As the organization states, “Together we can make a difference, We’re not just sending dresses, we’re sending HOPE,” Marvin Ridge sends our dresses and ultimately our hope.
Written by: Judy Davis
Posted: Jun 09, 2014 by Judy Davis