Phoenix students make pillowcases for kids fighting cancer

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DELAVAN — Students in the Phoenix Middle School Family and Consumer Sciences courses were happy to help the ConKerr Cancer organization build its “case for smiles” and help kids who are fighting cancer.

Students under the tutelage of teacher Terri Brown made 18 pillowcases for the non-profit organization, which looks to bring smiles to children and families impacted by cancer by giving patients bedding items to brighten their hospital room and stay.

The district had learned of ConKerr Cancer’s mission midway through the school year. The cases were made with remaining fabric from other class projects as a new community service project for the students.

This kind of class work fits perfectly with the district’s Strategic Plan, which seeks to have “100 percent of Delavan-Darien School District students engage in relevant and meaningful service to their community each year.”

The district will seek donations for the pillowcase materials next school year so students can continue to create the cases for the ConKerr Cancer organization as an ongoing service project.

The kids who sewed the pillowcases enjoyed learning the skills needed to create them. They really enjoyed the fact that they can use their sewing knowledge to help other kids in need feel special as they battle this life-changing illness, Brown said.

The 18 pillowcases of all colors and patterns were sent to the ConKerr Cancer organization at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

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