Community (and beyond) collaboration is alive and well in Homer and Fireweed Academy has many folks to thank. With a grant from the Valley Quilters Guild in Palmer, Fireweed Academy students collaborated with Homer Senior Center members to create silk banners for the center. Based on this quarter’s “Roots” theme, FWA students and Principal Kiki Abrahamson worked with the seniors to create memory squares. The project incorporated multiple fabric arts techniques, addressed the mission of our school to create partnerships in our community, and provided service learning that connected our students with our elders.
The project expanded with financial assistance from the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society. More silk and paints were purchased and students created banners reflecting different views of the earth. Banners were created at both Big and Little Fireweed as well as at Islands and Ocean on the Earth Day celebration. With quick use of a blow-dryer, the banners were ready to be flown during the Earth Day parade.
All the kids had a grand time, as did the participants at the Homer Senior Center. It is so valuable for students of all ages to make connections, and to experience the fun in interactive and authentic learning.
Janet Bowen, administrative assistant