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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Highlands Students Donate "Quilts for Comfort" to Fort Thomas Police Department

Donated by Talented Students from Highlands High School
Highlands students from the Family and Consumer Science Class donated handmade quilts to Fort Thomas Police. FTM file. 

by Michele Pam Wright

The police officers of Fort Thomas respond to a variety of difficult calls which may include frightened children because of an injury, house fire, or other tragic  circumstance. Most of the officers keep a stuffed animal in their cars to give to a child in distress. Now they can add something extra special: 14 handmade quilts designed and created by Highlands High School students taught by Ahren Wagner. 

Lt. Rich Whitford, of the Fort Thomas police department, said they were grateful for the quilts. “These quilts have a personal touch that scared children will respond to.”
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The police department has a great relationship with the school and the officers stop by sometimes just to walk the halls. “Chief Daly wants us to be in the school as much as possible to encourage positive relationships with the students. We want to get to know them personally,” said Lt. Whitford.

The quilts were donated by Juniors and Seniors that are taking upper level courses in Family and Consumer Science (FACS). One of their class requirements is to do a community service learning project. Wagner’s Fashion and Interior Design II/III class has 14 students and they each spent a considerable amount of time and thoughtful attention to creating these 14 beautiful quilts. The quilts took about two months to complete.

The quilts are 5’ x 6’ and are comprised of 6” squares. The child-oriented fabric was donated by Vickie Mahan. “Donations are always welcome,” said Wagner. “We really appreciated Vickie’s thoughtful gift.” 

After they received the fabric, Wagner and her students brainstormed about what they could make with it and how it could be used as a community service project. “My step-father is a deputy sheriff,” said Wagner. “He told me children in difficult situations like a blanket for comfort and the students thought it was a great idea.”

“We really liked working with the bright colors and patterns,” said Eleanor Heekin, a senior at Highlands. “We all walked over to the police department and presented them with the quilts. It was nice to make something for other people.”

Wagner describes her class as centered around independent learning activities. “The FACS classes are always looking toward career experience. We have an embroidery business called ‘Bluebird Embroidery’ and the profits are reinvested into supplies for the class. Most of the embroidery is for personalization of products such as monograms, but we also create spirit wear for the students and community to purchase such as tanks, beach totes, and sweat shirts.”

Bluebird Embroidery (Donations are always appreciated.)

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1 comment:

  1. Ahren Wagner teaches more than sewing. She teaches character.