Students sew items for wildlife center
To stay warm in the winter, flying squirrels often take refuge in attics and garages, which can cause a lot of damage to property. Aark Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center, a nonprofit organization in Bucks County, takes in many flying squirrels in their clinic and releases them back into the wild in the spring. Aark needed the joey pouches to provide a warm home for the squirrels while they spent the winter in their care. Hartwick said her students welcomed the project and made about 100 joey pouches on sewing machines. Since many students do not have sewing machines at home, students will hand-sew them this year utilizing haute couture and quilting hand-sewing techniques.
Later this year, the basic clothing class will crochet and knit baby bird nests for Aark to help the many birds who fall out of their nests. These projects are some of the many Project Based Learning (PBL) assignments that Hartwick’s students will complete. “Project Based Learning offers students a forum to design and create useful products, either for themselves or someone else,” said Hartwick. “Students really like to see the direct impact of their efforts and like learning skills that they can use further along in their education or life.”