After a summer break for the Make Welcome sewing class, we were very happy to start again today. For the record, we didn't take the summer completely off. There was plenty of planning, sorting and organizing donated fabric and supplies, sample sewing, outreach to new students, visits with old students, and logistics work. We were glad for the time to get many behind-the-scenes tasks accomplished and are ready for another great year in the Make Welcome sewing classroom!
This year, for the first time, we are running two classes concurrently. We can do this because we have two new sewing teachers. Welcome, Carla and Jennifer! Both women were part time volunteers last year and we are so glad they have agreed to increase their involvement with Make Welcome by teaching the new Beginners Sewing Class. Over the summer, we formalized our sewing lessons into an 8 week project based curriculum and we look forward to sharing weekly updates on how our new students are doing!
Carla (above) with one of our new little ones
Jennifer (below) teaching KKH how to thread the machine
Our returning students actually started last week with a Sewing Skills Assessment which they continued this week. The assessment helps both students and teachers know how we are doing. We are proud of the progress these women have made and we look forward to even greater quality of work, precision, skill, and efficiency. This year, we hope that many of our returning students will join the Stay at Home Mom Manufacturing team for our sister business, Journey Home. More news on that exciting development in the weeks ahead!
Lisa leading Z and CN in the skills assessment
Returning students concentrating on Zipper Pouch project as part of their assessment
There were smiles and hugs all around this morning, lots of laughter, plenty of concentration, and good work accomplished! Welcome back, everyone. It's going to be a great year full of learning, friendship, and more!