Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Babylon Students Connect with Their Community

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Babylon Students Connect with Their Community

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Quilting Project Teaches Math

Sewing skills learned in family and consumer sciences (FCS) have application for community service projects in the Seventh Grade Advisory Program at Babylon Junior/Senior High School in Babylon, New York. Every seventh grader takes Home and Career Skills and thus they are prepared to participate in the yearly community service projects.

Eight years ago, the first quilt was proposed as a community service project to raise $5,000 to sponsor a guide dog. Almost 1,000 one-inch squares were pieced together to make a mosaic design Golden Lab Retriever. The seventh graders were so enthusiastic about this project that they came to the FCS room both before and after school to work on the quilt. Each student gained confidence in their creative ability and took pride in their work. Mathematical concepts were used and students comprehended the historical significance of quilting.

The Babylon community has had an important role in each quilt project. Joy Torrey, an 82-year-old graduate of the school, brought expert assistance and several groups contributed funds.

This is the fourth year that students have sewn a quilted tree skirt that is raffled off in December at the annual Candlelight Holiday Tea in the historic Conklin House in Babylon Village. Proceeds from the raffle benefit the restoration of the house, which the seventh graders tour while learning about its history. …

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