Our student population consists half of immigrant and refugee students, that are starting to learn English, and half of local inner city youth. These are wonderful children growing up in a technological world. A world where basic skills are becoming overlooked in favor of high tech devices.
Students are not learning to be as self-reliant as children in previous generations.
Basic skills such as cooking, sewing and upcycling are not being passed on to this generation. To help alleviate this growing issue, the library is requesting sewing supplies to create maker kits (kits that will include basic directions on how to do a mini project) to loan out to students. This will allow them to practice at home after being giving introductory instruction during their library times.
We are also requesting sewing machines in order to teach basic machine skills at school. Many school no longer have home economics classes that teach how to use a sewing machine. Basic sewing repairs, such as sewing on a button, darning a sock, or using a sewing machine to hem pants should not be an onerous task.
To create sewing maker kits, the supplies requested will be divided up into 12 sets (Scissors, thimble, needles, thread, pincushion, etc..) with some set aside to replenish kits as materials are used. Included in each kit will be a few yards of several colors of thread wrapped around a floss holder rather than full spools. Remembering back to when we were kids, we decided we did not want them to have to try to rewind a spool of thread when it rolled off.
Many of our students come from households that may not be able to afford fabric.
Students will be able to select 2-3 pieces of fabric, and a button or two, from a box of material donated by the quilters at our school. Included in each kit will be simple directions on how to sew basic items such as bookmarks, puppets and bags.
Once we have introduced basic hand sewing, we will bring out the brother sewing machines! We requested two, at this time, as an adult will be needed to supervise each machine when they are being used by younger students. If they work well and our students enjoy using them, we may request more in order to have a sewing club with our 5th and 6th girls and Boys.
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