Sew for Service

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Members of the Home and Careers Club at Copiague Middle School, under the advisement of Christine Barteldt, won the grand prize in the Long Island Family and Consumer Sciences Challenge for their entry in the “Sew for Service” contest.

In early December, students began the process of hand sewing blankets during their club meetings. After months of hard work, they created and donated a dozen blankets to Mike’s Tykes, an organization that distributed the blankets to animal rescue shelters.

For the LIFACS Challenge, the students completed an application and submitted photographs of their finished blankets as well as the thank you letter they received from the Mike’s Tykes organization.

As the grand prize winner, the club earned a $100 cash prize which they put towards a pizza party and donated the remaining funds to the Copiague Middle School Builders Club, a community service-based student club that contributed the money to a charitable cause.

“I am not only proud of their hard work, but I am proud of the fact that they chose to donate the rest of the money,” said Barteldt. “It is a selfless act.”

The district congratulates the following club members: Robert Fernandez, Darlene Ferreira, Mgim Gousse, Tatiana Meneses, Henry Raber, Jordan Reich, Marianny Santana, Natalie Santos, Angelica Tomczky and Tiandra Wint.