Blankets, Babies, and HIV/AIDS Awareness

After reading an article about babies born with AIDS, students decided to take an active role in publicizing that the disease affects everyone, even the youngest of children. They chose to make baby blankets, which would not only serve as a visual aid in their presentations on AIDS to other students, but would also be welcome gifts for local babies living with the disease.

The students used quilts made by pioneer women as inspiration. They adapted traditional geometric patterns and soothing colors, working with soft fabric and fabric markers; a parent volunteer sewed the seams.

The completed blankets toured the school, and the students created a lesson about AIDS to teach other students. Afterwards, the youths donated the blankets to a local organization for babies with AIDS.

Adapted from "The Complete Guide to Service-Learning," Copyright © 2004 Cathryn Berger Kaye. All rights reserved. Used with permission of Free Spirit Publishing Inc., Minneapolis, MN. (866) 703-7322.