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Bolingbrook fashion students giving back to their community

1/25/2016, 10:27 a.m.
Bolingbrook students are putting their fashion skills to work to make blankets, hats and scarves for local hospitals, nursing homes, ...
As part of a Bolingbrook HS Fashion II class community service project, Melanie Velez and V’Laan Brooks discuss what needs to be done to put the finishing touches on a blanket for children in local hospitals.

Bolingbrook High School Fashion II students are nearing the completion of a class community service project that will provide hand-made hats, scarves, blankets and animal pillows for local hospitals, nursing homes and underprivileged youngsters.

“A lot of students have never given back,” said BHS Family and Consumer Science teacher Marla Putnam, who for several years has conducted service learning projects in her classes.

Using materials donated by BHS parent Dawn Howard, the Fashion II students are putting the finishing touches on lap blankets for nursing home patients, lady bug pillows and blankets for pediatric patients at Amita Bolingbrook and Edward hospitals, and winter apparel that will be given to area children in need.

“Instead of doing one big service learning project, they decided to break into groups and do three,” Putnam said. “They did a little bit of research on possible organizations they could help with sewing-related service projects that would be related to the curriculum.”

The students, sophomores Destiny Carter and Anabel Hernandez; juniors Kaya Dunagan, Melanie Velez, and Arrianna Miles; and seniors Christine Conde, Yissela Velazquez, Erika Bailon, Leslie Guadarrama and V’Laan Brooks, are excited about being able to use their skills to help others.

“They’ve been great. I want to help and they tell me we got it,” Putnam said. “Sewing is a skill people need. This is something they can do the rest of their life. They will be able to take that skill and help other people.”

In previous years Putnam’s Adult Living class students created no-sew blankets for hospice and conducting an anti-bullying project that evolved into OVSS (One Voice Strengthening Society” which is now BHS’ anti-bullying club.