180 Days - Giving Back is part of Learning

180 Days - Giving Back is part of Learning

Students show off the pants they donated to Head Start.

Preschoolers in the Head Start program will benefit from a sewing lesson in Ottumwa High School’s Family Consumer Science (FCS) comprehensive course. “The need was asked for from the community,” said Colette Fisher, FCS teacher.

Students taking the course recently sewed pants assembly-style. The pants were donated to the preschool program on Wednesday. The project also helps Head Start by providing volunteer hours that can be counted.

The project used productive group work, according to Fisher. Using donated fabric, students worked in teams to complete the task. Each person was responsible for a different aspect of the production, from cutting out the pattern, pinning, and stitching 5/8 inch seams.

“I liked the project,” said Macy Cox, a freshman. “It made us feel like we’re making a difference, even if a little difference.”

Stephanie Nuno enjoyed learning how to make pants and working together in teams. The course “helps you in everyday life,” she said. 

The course is designed to prepare all students with life-long skills that enable them to be productive in their everyday lives and the world of work. Course topics include communication skills, money management, relationships, sewing, food and nutrition, health, and child development. “The course provides a good transition for kids coming into OHS,” said Fisher.