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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Middle school quilt club gives to community

  • While their peers play basketball in the nearby gym, some McPherson Middle School students can be found sewing quilts in the technology exploration laboratory.
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  • While their peers play basketball in the nearby gym, some McPherson Middle School students can be found sewing quilts in the technology exploration laboratory.
    These students, members of the school's new quilt club, learn to lay out quilts and use sewing machines. Sarah Burk, the club's faculty sponsor, said she wants participants to learn the value of service.
    "My goal was to involve kids at no cost to them," Burk said. "It's more for the kids to learn how to sew and for the kids to give back to the community."
    Participants said they heard about the club through school-wide announcements and decided to join. Jared Armstrong, a sixth-grade student, said quilting is a family tradition.
    "It's been in my family for a really long time," Armstrong said. "I've always thought helping people would be really fun."
    Burk said the quilts will be donated to groups like Wounded Warriors.
    She said the club fits well with the district's C3 initiative, part of which involves community involvement.
    Burk said other groups, such as sports teams, provide their participants with service opportunities. She wanted to give a similar opportunity to kids who don't do sports.
    "This is some other way to volunteer," Burk said.
    Because the club is in its first year and its participants' schedules varied, the club doesn't have a regular meeting time, though Burk said the club meets at least twice a month.
    Kaylie May, another sixth-grade student, said she enjoys the technical aspects of quilting.
    "We get to use different patterns and learn how to do different techniques," May said. "It's hard sometimes to keep the quilt straight when you're sewing."
    For Raelay Cotten and Georgia Herrold, eight-grade students, it's all about the experience.
    "You just get to learn a new thing," Herrold said.
    Cotten said it feels good to help those in need.
    "It's nice to know the quilts will go to people with less stuff," she said.
    Contact Josh Arnett by email at jarnett@mcphersonsentinel.com and follow him on Twitter @ArnettSentinel.

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