In the quilting project, younger students became familiar with the art of patchwork and hand-quilting. They learned to thread a needle and how to hand-sew a basic running stitch, practiced techniques and skills for hand-sewing two pieces of fabric together accurately, practiced quilt stitches and shared design ideas and materials along the way. They made a patchwork pincushion and a 9-patch block.
Participants were made familiar with basic First Aid, including planning and creating a first aid kit, recognizing and treating some injuries, and learning the steps to take when faced with an emergency. Kids did needs assessments, learned first aid skills to treat cuts, scrapes, minor burns, nosebleeds, insect and snakebites, and how to respond to someone who is choking, unconscious or has a broken bone. Kids also learned basic wilderness safety and first aid from wilderness leaders during which they hiked into a local park. They visited Oakland Fire Station #8, getting extensive information from firefighters about fire safety, prevention and burn care. Most importantly, kids learned when and how to call for help!
In this project, members learned about different types of frogs, frog anatomy and how to care for them. They raised 2 White’s Tree Frogs and named them Kiwi and Lime. Unfortunately, one of the frogs developed a prolapse and had to be euthanized. The other frog now lives in the middle school science teacher’s classroom at EBI.