Teacher's class project to teach students compassion

Mrs. Haas guiding students on Doll House project (Source: KAIT)
Mrs. Haas guiding students on Doll House project (Source: KAIT)
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LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - A Riverside High School teacher is teaching her kids a life-long lesson.

It's about how class work isn't just about the grade, but how their work can help others.

Riverside High School students in Mrs. Tracey Haas' Family Consumer Science class took on a housing project.

They are making doll houses out of any give recycled items.

"They are using anything from maybe leftover wood or household products, whatever they can find to recycle for furniture or appliances for the inside of them," Haas said.

The students have added a touch of personality, which no two houses or furniture pieces are alike.

Bethany Pace, a senior, said her group has been hard at work.

"We are paying close attention to detail," Pace said. "On the outside, it has little roses to make it girly. Right now, we are making the bed, we are sewing the bedspread out of extra cloth that we didn't use for another project."

Learning to recycle is just one life-skill Mrs. Haas hopes her students take from this project, giving back is the other.

"When they are finished, they give these houses back to a child who is less fortunate," Haas said.

The students will hand deliver their custom doll houses to deserving children in the Riverside School District.

"I just feel like if they are learning compassion and how to give back to the community then they are taking more from this than just getting a grade for the classroom," Haas said.

For Pace, she remembers being a little girl with a dollhouse on her wish list, so the hard work and attention-to-detail has meaning behind it.

The housing project has allowed her to make another little girl's dollhouse dream come true.

"It makes me want to work harder on it, to make it good enough for a little girl who doesn't have something," Pace said.

Haas also has another class who is working on making diapers out of old t-shirts to send to children in Africa.

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