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Special quilts by special students
With help from ALPHA Center, CES special needs class gets chance to sew, have fun
Special Needs - Sewing
A CES special needs student in Renee Thompsons class gets help from a volunteer in using his hand to press down on a sewing machines foot pedal as another volunteer works on a quilt. Funds to purchase the sewing machine were provided by The ALPHA Center as part of its Hidden Heroes program. Students helped make 40 quilts during the past year. Additional ALPHA Center gifts allowed Thompson to purchase special games and project materials to assist students in having tactile experiences while playing and creating art. - photo by Martin L. Cahn
Back in April 2015, ALPHA Center Executive Director Paul Napper introduced a program called “Hidden Heroes” which would enable Renee Thompson’s special needs students at Camden Elementary School (CES) to not only be more engaged in their learning, but with the outside world as well. One of the first things he did was help Thompson -- who happens to be his cousin -- buy a sewing machine. The idea was to give Thompson’s medically fragile students, who range in age from 4 to 21, the chance to help sew quilts to be donated to those in need.

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