More opportunities for advanced clothing fabrication in MS Family Living

Posted on July 29, 2015, in Organizations

Students will receive new opportunities in the middle school family living program.

James W. Parker Middle School family living teacher Pamela Glasl received one of the four $500 grants offered by the William E. and Mary S. Smith Middle School Innovative Education Program. This grant will fund two serger machines and associated supplies to allow the students to design and produce professional quality clothing

“As teachers, our minds are constantly thinking of ways to engage students in activities that are meaningful, fun, exciting and practical to everyday life,” Glasl said. “As a Family Living teacher, I have the opportunity to teach kids many skills that are not traditionally taught in the modern day home any longer. Clothing design, fashion and textile production are topics that many of the students in my basic sewing class have often expressed interest.”

Serger machines will be used as an enrichment project extension in the 7th grade classroom, with plans to possibly expand activities to include an after school sewing club hopefully some time next year. In addition, there are plans to use these machines to help “Little Dresses for Africa”, a global charity organization that collects handmade dresses made from scrap fabric or pillowcases.

The grant stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements.

“I am simply excited to have the funds to open doors for students with varied interests,” Glasl said. “These extensions would not be possible without funds from grants like the Bill Smith Grant.”

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.

To learn more about the General McLane Foundation, visit