Moreland Ridge Middle School in Blue Springs, Missouri

I contacted the FACS (family and consumer science) teacher that teaches sewing to 12 and 13 year old boys and girls at Moreland Ridge Middle School in Blue Springs, Missouri. I explained my dress project to her and asked if she would be interested in participating in this project. She was in fact interested.

We met up and she asked if I would present to her students a short powerpoint presentation about Haiti. This would give the kids some insight about Haiti and would bring the project to life. I was excited to share this information with the students. I presented to 4 classes with a total of about 120 kids.

We first located Haiti on the map.  I shared with them a powerpoint presentation of some experiences I had encountered while there.  I wanted to be sure the kids understood the devastation that occurred from the January 2010 earthquake.   It was estimated that 3 million people were affected by the earthquake.  The Haitian government estimated that 316,000 died, 300,000 injured and 1,000,000 were left homeless.

Many people were living in tent cities that were unsafe and unsanitary. They do not have adequate housing, food, or water. There were approximately 380,000 orphans before the earthquake, and that number has since doubled, leaving orphaned children in great need.

Children in Haiti live, cook, and clean much differently than we do in America.

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However, all children like to play and feel loved. Same as our American children.

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The students at the middle school were very in tune to the presentation, they asked some great questions, and came to realize that their efforts in making dresses would be going for a great cause.

Mary and Stacy
Stacy, the FACS teacher began with teaching the kids how to make simple drawstring bags.  This was the precursor for making the casings for the dresses.  They used pillowcases and lots of different ribbon to embellish each dress. The kids worked in pairs to make a dress. 57 dresses were presented to me in January 2013.  The kids did a magnificent job.


More from the kids in FACS class

 

Thanks to each and every one of you.

 

 

I can’t wait to distribute the dresses and experience the many smiles. I am sure every little girl will be thrilled.

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