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Stitching together life-long lessons

Malden students learn skills — one stitch at a time

MALDEN — The middle school students at Malden Grade School had their hands busy this past winter as they worked on class-wide service learning projects and brushed up on their sewing skills.

Barb Schlund, fifth-grade homeroom, math and physical education teacher, considers quilting a passion. She, along with other members of her church, put together quilts that are donated to area human and health service providers to use when in need. Her love of the project inspired her to share her passion with the students. She decided to teach the fifth- through eighth-graders how to work a sewing machine and put together quilting squares that could be made into a blanket.

For a couple months during the year, the students met when possible to help put together quilts for their local service providers. Each class made one 60-by-80-inch quilt. Schlund said the students put together the quilt squares, and from there, she was able to hook together the squares to create the finished product.

Schlund said her goal was to teach her students to learned how to sew. To her, it’s an important life skill to learn, and the quilting project, overall, gave students the opportunity to sit down and work on something that would benefit someone else, rather than themselves.

The students learned patience, dedication. sewing skills and the ability to work independently and together in groups.

Earlier this week, a few of the students expressed their enthusiasm with the project.

While some had never used a sewing machine before, others said they had been taught by their parents or grandparents and used the time to practice their skill. A couple students said they were happy to make something that would be given to others when in need.

Each quilt was also personalized by each student, as they got to include their painted handprints on the quilt squares as a final touch.

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