Kids can learn a lot of important skills in their family and consumer sciences, or FACS, classes: everything from basic cooking to sewing. But the lessons aren't restricted to the classroom for eighth graders at Eagle Hill Middle School in the Fayetteville-Manlius school district.
One FACS class worked on a large quilt together for months. They came out to Sarah's Guesthouse Monday to donate it, and take a tour of the facility to learn about the place.
Robin Brenner, a FACS teacher in the FM school district, said she wanted her students to see the impact of their work.
"The community connection is such an integral part of what we want our students to have an opportunity to experience," she said.
The quilt is made up entirely of donated fabrics. Each student picked out a few for their own strip, with patterns ranging from flowers, to zebra stripes, to soccer balls, and more.
"One strip is one person," said Brenner. "But when you combine all of them together, it really combines to make a quilt which is bigger than just one of us."
Their quilt will go up on the second floor of the house, on a blank wall outside the kitchen.
Alex Panol, one of the students in the class, said he didn't know much about Sarah's Guesthouse before this year. But after getting to see it in person, he wants other people to learn more about it too.
"It really makes me feel happy that people who will need to be here because their family members are sick or they themselves," he said. "It really feels very important that they get the attention that they need."
The students also named the quilt. They call it "diversity," because of the variety of fabrics and the students who picked them out.