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Sewing Love for Those In Need
Sewing Love for Those In Need
Posted on 04/08/2019
Owen High School (OHS) students are using classroom experiences to “sew” good in the world.

Through the Sew Love Project, Career and Technical Education students are making dresses and shorts for the Omega Orphanage in Uganda. Brittney Whitworth, the Family and Consumer Science teacher at OHS, said the project is an opportunity to help children while teaching her students an important life lesson.

“More than anything, I want them to be good people and help those in need,” Whitworth said. “That is something that they can carry with them in life, regardless of what path they take after high school.”

Whitworth proposed that her Apparel 2 students design and sew dresses and shorts that will be brought to Omega Orphanage in Uganda. Whitworth has a friend who runs the orphanage, and he will bring the clothes with him on his upcoming trip back.  Whitworth and her students created a mock business where they are acquiring a sponsor for each item. A $20 donation will get a piece of clothing to an orphan in need.

“I think this experience has been so valuable to my students because it opened their eyes to allow them to think about how blessed they are to have homes, clean clothes, and food,” Whitworth said. “I explained that they are making these clothes for kids who have likely never been given brand new clothing -- and handmade clothing at that.”

While the apparel 2 class is, in part, all about creativity, design, and learning sewing skills, Whitworth hopes that this project, in particular, helps her students better understand the importance of helping communities in our area and around the world.

“This has allowed me to see my students have empathy and compassion for people they have never even met, and that makes it all worth it,” she said.

If you are interested in sponsoring an item of clothing, the Sew Love Project is still going strong. Please email brittney.phillips@bcsemail.org or call Owen High School to learn more!

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