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Pillowcases to Bring Smiles to Cancer Patients
Monday, June 15, 2015
“You’re giving healing smiles to those in need,” said Linda Armour, the Albany/Capital District Coordinator for ConKerr Cancer, when she thanked the students in the Special and Alternative Education program at the F. Donald Myers Education Center for their donation of 82 pillowcases that they created.
One by one, the students presented Mrs. Armour with the pillowcases that they had sewn together.
“Studies have shown that when you feel better, you heal better,” added Mrs. Armour. “These pillowcases will brighten the lives of children and adults.”
The Capital District has received nearly 4,000 pillowcases over the past couple of years. Mrs. Armour will distribute the pillowcases to places throughout the Capital District such as the Albany Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House, the Veterans Administration Medical Center and St. Margaret’s Center.
Margaret Katz, the Speech and Language Therapist at Myers, explained that this community service project spanned the entire school year. Thirty students from the BOCES Educating Autistic and Related Disorders (BEARS), Therapeutic Support and middle and high school programs measured, pinned, sewed and ironed pillowcases from October to June as a community service project.
“Community service promotes compassion and awareness of others, all essential elements to good citizenship that we stress through the Boys Town Classroom Management System,” said Mrs. Katz. “Plus, community service hours are needed by students to graduate.”
The pillowcase project was one of several projects students participated in this year. Mrs. Katz along with teaching assistants Mrs. Moyles and Mrs. Naushahi have worked with students on previous community service projects that included making fleece hats for babies and homeless people, sewing blankets for babies, knitting mittens for people in shelters, crocheting and knitting squares that were donated to Lion Brand Yarn Co. in New York City to be made into afghans, baby quilts for Project Linus and the First Book project.
Many of these students also participated in the Captain Homeless Youth Shelter Food Drive, the Nursing Home Care Package Project at Wesley Senior Care in Saratoga Springs through Myers’ Chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and the Kiwanis Thanksgiving Baskets through Chef Maureen Clancy’s Culinary Arts class.