Rolesville Middle School considers “service learning” an important component in the educational process.
Teachers Frances Patterson and Kim Davis challenged the school’s 6th grade, track 4 students to participate in a service project this school year.After meeting with Barbara Timmons of the Northern Wake Optimist Club, the students decided to take on the task of completing therapy dolls for hospitalized children.
Students and parents made generous contributions toward the construction of therapy dolls. Students were able to use club time, which is scheduled twice a month for 30 minutes, for doll construction.
With the assistance of parent volunteers, students traced and cut out patterns for dolls and gowns. The pieces were then sewn together by community volunteers. The dolls were returned to school to be stuffed and dressed by the students.
Third grade students of Julie Wiggins’ Rolesville Elementary School class heard about the project and wanted to become involved. They wrote notes of encouragement to go along with each doll.
With the help of parent and community volunteers, 22 dolls were readied to be delivered to UNC Children’s Hospital.This service learning project has made a lasting impression on students at both schools.