One of the lines in my personal mission statement is to:
“Leave this world a better place than I found it.”
It means sharing my talents, time and resources with the community in which I live.
This is probably the main reason I’ve stuck it out in public education for nearly 15 years. Last year about this time, I was actually planning to hang up my school librarian hat and return to the private sector. Funny how things worked out for the best. I am at a school that challenges me and allows me to run a sewing club. Truth is, I simply enjoy working with kids (including the hardheads at my current school). Even if my career takes a different path in the future, I will continue to work with kids on a volunteer basis.
Making quilts and teaching sewing are also ways to give back. While my business does support CAREing Paws, I sewed charity quilts and made pillowcases for CHOA, plus taught Girl Scouts how to sew long before I ever dreamed of starting my own sewing business.
If you are one who is teaching the next generation how to sew, be sure to include a service learning component where your little stitcher(s) make lap quilts, pillowcases, placemats or something to donate to a deserving organization. This also dovetails nicely with homeschool math activities.