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Horton helps Habitat for Humanity

Posted Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - The Horton Middle School student body adopted a community project that culminated with the creation of five quilts for Habitat for Humanity. During an assembly on Wednesday morning, December 20, students and staff celebrated the beginning of the winter break with an assembly to present the quilts to Habitat for Humanity.

The students worked on the quilt project for several days in November. Community members assembled the quilts. The completed quilts were temporarily returned to the school for the students to have the assembly that celebrated their work. During the assembly, one of the quilts was given to a local home recipient. The ceremony included recognition of contest winners associated with the project, skits performed by students and teachers, and the performance of a song by the seventh grade band.

The entire school has engulfed the quilting project concept. Students learned about basic needs, poverty, volunteering, character education, new manufacturing techniques of fiber, Habitat for Humanity, and other topics that are connected to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. Teachers originally sought out this project as a way to let students have the opportunity to let their talents, genuine concern for others, and helpful attitudes shine. The project allowed the students to work together, to meet a common goal of helping the community, and to be reminded that school is a place where more academics are taught.

“Students have risen to this quilting challenge and have taken it very seriously. They want to make an impact on their community, and in the lives of those around them. Being given fabric, a needle, and thread has shown these students that they are a vital part of their community, and it has also taught them that no matter what age you are, you are never too young to impact the world around you,” explained Ellen Hadley, a teacher at Horton and coordinator of the quilt project.

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