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School of the Week: Windsor Academy

A middle school home economics class teaches students how to sew by turning the clothes of peoples' passed loved ones into pillows

MACON, Ga. — Home economics teacher Beth Guest teaches basic life skills to her middle school students. 

Today's lesson is sewing, and they're doing it in a special way.

"A keepsake pillow is a pillow that whoever's passed or you love, really much is a pillow that you make that you can hug all the time and love all the time," 7th grader Carter Saylor said.

The pillows are made from clothes of loved ones who've passed away. 

Alexis Hart made one out of her late grandfather's shirt.

"He actually gave it to me when I was 10, and I've been having it in my closet ever since then," Hart said.

"Children need something physical, so that child can hold that pillow and talk to it and say they're missing their grandmother and they're just having a moment, they can grab that and it feels like they're getting to hug her one last time," Guest said.

"Now that I have it in a pillow, that's for him, it's going to bring joy to my life more," Hart said.

Guest made a Facebook post, inviting others to bring their loved one's clothes.

The class delivered their first finished pillow made out of a shirt by Terri Miller's stepmother.

"They're seeing their hard work that turns into something that makes somebody feel better. You're developing human beings with deep compassionate hearts," Guest said.

"My favorite part is just giving it and watching the excitement on their face," Saylor siad.

"I love it and I was actually fine until I read the note, and then I got real teary eyed because I know it was made with love," Miller said.

Guest teaches Windsor's fifth through eighth grade students.

They also learn cooking skills and money management in the class.


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