Making a case to cheer up children at Albany Medical Center

A group of students sit around sewing machines learning how to sew a pillowcase.

Learning how to sew is one element of Christina Springer’s Family and Consumer Sciences Fashion Class. This year Springer’s students had the opportunity to learn basic sewing techniques by creating pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping kids feel better while undergoing treatments in the hospital.

Springer and RCS High School Assistant Principal Cynthia Herron invited Linda Armour, co-coordinator of the Albany Chapter of Ryan’s Case for Smiles, to introduce the project to the students who were then able to use their new skills to create their own pillowcases. Several staff members and high school families donated fabric for the project and middle school teacher Leslie Lopez sewed and donated 11 cases. All of the pillowcases will be donated to children at Albany Medical Center.

This pillowcase project is in honor of a 12 year old boy, Ryan Kerr, who battled cancer with 15 surgeries. To help Ryan stay positive during hospital stays his mom sewed cheerful pillow cases to lift his spirits. According to the organization’s website, over one million pillow cases are delivered to over 50,000 sick and scared children annually.