Slauson Middle School Sews Dresses for Africa
School Bells: Slauson students sew ‘Little Dresses’ for a cause Monday, April 26, 2010 Slauson Middle School students have been sewing after school during the third quarter. Teacher Carol Mohrlock and paraprofessional Lisa Field, along with volunteer and retired Ann Arbor teacher Suette King, have offered an after-school club called “Little Dresses for Africa.” Each Thursday, for one hour after school, students met to learn how to sew dresses and discuss social and economic issues of the world’s least developed nations. The club is called “Little Dresses for Africa.” Each Thursday, for one hour after school, students met to learn how to sew dresses and discuss social and economic issues of the world’s least developed nations. “The students were energetic and eager to learn,” said Mohrlock. “They have shared how good it feels to help others while learning a new skill.” Several club members have offered to “run the club” during the next school year and have been talking with their friends about joining this club. “Little Dresses for Africa” is a nonprofit organization created to help send relief to the children of Central Africa. Simple dresses are made from pillowcases and distributed through orphanages, churches and kids camps throughout Africa. One of the goals is to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy. To date, “The Little Dresses for Africa project has received 40,000 dresses including donations from 49 states and three foreign countries. Slauson Middle School has contributed to the cause while teaching many students how to sew. – Information for this story was submitted by Carol Mohrlock, a geography teacher at Slauson Middle School.