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High school student make dresses for orphans

By Emily Stroud, WBIR-TV

1374 days ago   Article ID# 1469666
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KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE (WBIR-TV) - Some East Tennessee high school students are sewing for a cause, to make a difference in the lives of orphans.

Clinton High School students are transforming pillow cases into dresses.

"You start with a regular pillow case and then you have to cut it and then you have to use parts that you cut to make the arm and then you have to fold it and sew it," Clinton High School Junior Kendra Eastridge said.

Clinton High School Teacher Jessie Howard said, "It's a really simple dress but they're just adorable and the girls are having a lot of fun making them."

They're members of Clinton High School's FCCLA Club: Family, Career and Community Leaders of America.

They work on the dresses during lunch, after school, and at home.

"We don't want them to be really plain, we want each one to be kind of individualized but we still have a heart on every one that stands for our motto: Hearts for Haiti," Eastridge said.

The dresses will go to the One Vision Children's Home in Haiti. It serves a group of orphans.

"They use skills that they learn in class to do this project," Clinton High School Teacher Adrienne Sharp said.

Sharp and Howard teach Family and Consumer Science and oversee the project.

Howard visited the orphans in Haiti with her church.

She said the students just keep coming up with more ideas to help them.

"The dresses was the big project but then they had ideas about raising money for flip flops to send, raising money to get organizations to help, for just school supplies. And they also have been raising money for a playground on the new facility," she said.

The students decided to sponsor a little girl at the orphanage named Kimberly. They have embraced her.

"She is so precious. And it actually helps her and gives her the things that she needs," Eastridge said.

Sharp agreed. "She is just such a doll. And to get these students thinking globally, to think outside of their own world and to think about others is just such a huge project, such a great thing for these students to do."

They're making a difference, one dress at a time.

"They just want to help and they just have a big heart," Howard said.

They have Hearts for Haiti.

The FCCLA Club members will make a scrapbook about their Hearts for Haiti project and present it next week in a regional competition.

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Updated 1374 days ago   Article ID# 1469666

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