Riverhead Middle Schoolers’ Sewing Skills Give the Tooth Fairy a Hand
Students Create Tooth Pillows to Help Elementary School Students
RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK (FEBRUARY 2024)—Riverhead Middle School students in Amy Doucette’s family and consumer sciences classes are using their sewing skills to help elementary school students through a donation project. Ms. Doucette and her students create tooth pillows, which children place their baby teeth in to be collected by the tooth fairy.
“We were able to incorporate the project seamlessly into our seventh grade sewing unit,” said Ms. Doucette. “We have received an influx of grateful responses from the elementary school staff. They love the project!”
Students in Ms. Doucette’s classes are shown samples, given patterns, and encouraged to display their creativity as they craft custom tooth pillows. The completed pillows are then evenly distributed among the district’s elementary schools. They have a built-in back pocket where lost teeth are placed for the tooth fairy to retrieve. When students lose teeth, they are sent to the nurse’s office, where they select a pillow to bring home with them.
“This project is a wonderful act of service connecting students throughout our district,” said Riverhead Central School District Interim Superintendent Cheryl Pedisich. “Each pillow has a unique design and personality, granting students the opportunity to choose the pillow that best suits them. We are incredibly proud of our seventh graders for utilizing their dedication and skills to help the younger students in our district.”