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Quilting To Fill Needs: MES First Graders Make Quilts For Others

Posted 2/2/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – First graders at Moundridge Elementary School started piecing together two quilts Friday, Jan. 27.

“We’ve been talking about how people have wants and needs,” first-grade teacher Cheryl Brandewiede said. “It’s part of an economics unit. There’s a big difference between wants and needs.”

Dr. Kathryn Hayes, who has a child in the class, talked to Brandewiede about reading the book – “The Quiltmaker’s Gift”  - to the students. In the book, a selfish king learns that giving is the true secret to happiness.

Hayes offered to assist the two first-grade classes in making quilts.

“We have quilts and blankets we can use at night,” Brandewiede said. “There are children out there who might not have them available.”

The other first-grade teacher, Jill Robb, said the students voted to donate to quilts – which will be 65 inches by 75 inches – to Mercy Hospital. The hospital will be directed to give the quilts to someone who needs them. Hayes said the quilt would fit a twin-sized bed.

“We want to donate the quilts to children in need,” Brandewiede said.

Hayes and a physician friend, Kathy Foos, from the Kansas City area, provided the quilt blocks the students used.

There were a dozen adult helpers who worked with the 26 students on the project at the elementary school’s art room. Nine sewing machines were brought in for students to use.

The tops of the quilts were completed Friday. Hayes and Foos were going to sew on the backing and then do the quilting work.

The students liked working on the project.

“I’m impressed with what I’m making,” first grader Josh Seeger said. “It’s easier then I thought.”

Seeger said it was neat to see the rows of quilt blocks “grow” into a finished product.

“I like the sewing,” Seeger added.

First grader Cole Schrag agreed, “I like sewing. I sew at home too.”

Schrag said at home he had sewn a pillowcase and a blanket for his sister’s doll.

“It’s pretty easy,” Schrag said of sewing the quilt. “The sewing machines don’t work too fast. They’re just right.”

First grader Brett Galle said this was her first time to sew.

“I was pulling it (through the sewing machine),” Galle said. “It was hard to do.”

Galle said sewing was a good skill to learn and she had fun with it.

Galle and her classmates said they liked helping others with their project.

“It feels good to help someone,” Seeger said.

Schrag agreed it was a good lesson for the students to learn.

“We’re making them for people so they can be comfortable,” Schrag said.

Brandewiede said once the quilts are completed in the next couple of weeks, they would be displayed in the hallway near the first-grade classrooms.

She added she encourages community members to come by and view the finished products.

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Pet Adoption, Disc Golf Tourney Among Projects For Inman Seniors

Posted 2/2/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

INMAN – Assisting the Hutchinson Animal Shelter to adopt pets and hosting the Inman Community Disc Golf Tournament are among the projects Inman High School seniors are tackling this school year.

Taytum Lankford will be helping with the Shelter’s adoption event from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 4, at Hutchinson’s Petco, located at 1912 E. 17th Avenue in Hutchinson.

Olivia McLain and Daniel Swisher are working together on the disc golf tournament, which will include a barbecue meal. The tourney will be played March 11. Players must sign-up for the event by Saturday, Feb. 11.

Inman seniors can choose from one of three options for their senior project, IHS Principal Tyler Weinbrenner said. It can be either a legacy project, community service or a job shadow.

Teacher Clayton Cearley heads up legacy projects. Teacher Kim Baldwin is in charge of community service and teacher Gay Jordan runs the job shadow/work study.

“The legacy projects are more of the traditional projects that we have done in the past,” Cearley said. “These projects require lots of planning, networking, marketing, organization, hard work and follow up. These projects need to have a lasting legacy in the community.”

Lankford said she is a pet person.

“I have always really loved animals and I knew that I wanted my senior project to involve animals,” Lankford said.

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McPherson’s Omega House Adds Women’s Center

Posted 2/2/2017

By Randy Fogg

The Ledger Staff

MOUNDRIDGE – The Omega Project, located in McPherson, needs financial help as it starts on a women’s shelter in a former church building, said David Case, who heads up the project.

Case discussed the program he started 10 years ago with members of the Moundridge Chamber of Commerce during its luncheon Thursday, Jan. 19, at Quincy’s Bar and Grill.

He would like to complete fundraising for the women’s center this year.

The first floor will function as a homeless shelter for women and children with an immediate need for a place to stay.

There will be three bedrooms of various sizes to accommodate women with multiple children. They will have private bathrooms.

In addition, there will be a meeting room for small group discussions as well as a multi-purpose space for larger groups with an attached kitchen and pantry.

On the second floor, there will be a recovery home for women wanting to stay long-term with the project.

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