The Union High School FCCLA is currently working with residents of Heritage Hall
Nursing Home and their Activities Director, Mandy Pennington, on a special
project. The Family & Consumer Sciences Classes & FCCLA Members wanted to
do something to reach out to the nursing home residents. They decided that the
greatest gift that they could give was to let the residents know that they, the
students, wanted to learn from them.
Their project, Helping Hands from Heritage Hall, involves classes taught by
Heritage Hall Residents, in “loom weaving”, crochet, hand embroidery, and hand-
made jewelry. In addition to the classes, students and residents are having fun
and sharing their life stories. At this point, other UHS students are beginning to
get involved. The Sociology students are planning to interview residents to
preserve some of our local history, and three history classes are planning to visit
with residents, who were in the military to get “real life” perspectives from those
who have served our country.
It is hoped that a sort of “cottage industry” can be created that will offer classes
to the community and that craft items produced can be sold to raise funding for
Christmas presents for the nursing home residents, as well as other needed items.