By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Cummings Elementary School fifth graders are sewing their way to outdoor school.

All 77 students made pillowcases to be sold for $10 to their own parents when they attend the school’s choir concert on Thursday, March 2.

“Rather than selling candy, they decided to do a project where the kids learn a skill at the same time they are doing a fundraiser,” Cummings Principal Martina Mangan said.

Cummings fifth grader Kimberly Becerra Barrera shows off her pillow case she sewed with the help of principal Martina Mangan. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

Each kid chose their own fabric, more than half of which was donated by The Cotton Patch in Keizer. Another local business, Bernina Stretch and Sew Fabrics, gave pins and thread.

The fifth graders are going to outdoor school on May 8-9, spending the night in cabins at Canyon View in Silverton.

“I enjoy sewing and we thought they’re going to sleep away from home, if they sleep on a pillow case that they made, they might be less home sick,” Mangan said. “We hope all of the kids can go.”