Fairland class cushions ride to Open Door

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 29, 2005

Many students at the Open Door School have a long bus ride to and from school - but that ride may go a little smoother now.

On Tuesday, some concerned students at Fairland High School made that long ride a bit more comfortable.

Every semester, Chastity Moore's family and consumer sciences class does a service project to benefit people of the community. The class is part of a group called the Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

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This semester, the class voted to make pillows for the Open Door students, to provide some comfort for the long bus ride.

"I'm very proud of my students for doing the project," Moore said. "They came up with the idea on their own."

Senior Kara Riley came up with the idea and the class voted to choose the project. One student gave the instructions to make the pillows and each student donated fleece for the project.

Moore said she just, "sat back and let them do it."

Riley said that her best friend Nathan Waggoner went to the Open Door School, and when she was at the school for the playground dedication she met a lot of his friends and students there.

Riley said that her mother had told her that some of the students had a long ride on the bus, so they tried to think of something they could do to help them. They decided to make pillows for the younger students to rest on during the trip.

Riley delivered the pillows to the school on Tuesday morning. She and Principal Jeff Saunders delivered them to the primary classes. The students were very excited to get the pillows. Many were going around the room hugging their pillows, and some were hugging Riley.

"I really love watching how excited they were," she said. "It makes me happy."

Moore said that the classes are always looking for new project ideas. "Whenever there is a need in the community, let us know," she said.

"You would be surprised at how caring and giving high school students are."

Principal Jeff Saunders said that they always appreciate the support of the other schools in the county.

"This is a good example again of how the school districts in the county support the school," he said. "We really appreciate Fairland, Superintendent Jerry McConnell and their support."