Ryan’s Case for Smiles (formerly ConKerr Cancer) provides pillowcases to children undergoing treatment in hospitals around the country. The cheerful pillowcases represent a touch of home and comfort for the children.
Several Draper student sewers, along with National Junior Honor Society eighth grade volunteers, sold “smiles” for $1 during lunches last week, raising $52. The fundraiser was held in conjunction with the national organization’s delivery of the millionth pillowcase.
Seventh graders Noël Lyman, Elizabeth Delorenzo and Kyra McCarthy, who helped sew pillowcases last year, presented the donation to Linda Armour, local Smiles coordinator, on Sept. 17.
Armour commended the students’ work and said the donation would buy a bolt of cloth – enough to make 15 additional pillowcases. After accepting the donation, Armour headed to Albany Medical Center to deliver the ceremonial one-millionth pillowcase for this region.
Last year, Draper students donated more than 50 pillowcases to the organization. The then-sixth graders learned to sew in their Home and Careers class with teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Fritz-Walbroehl and with support from project advisor and French teacher Maureen Geagan.
Learn more about Ryan’s Case for Smiles.