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Grant supports Greensburg student project at shelter

Posted by: Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation  | December 19, 2016

Heather Comer and her students at Greensburg Community High School wanted to help ease the pain of children who are victims in domestic violence.

Comer’s classes helped plan and renovate the children’s room at the New Directions Domestic Violence Shelter in their Decatur County. Their goal was to create a more positive experience during a bad one.

“We wanted them to feel as if they were camping and on an adventure,” Comer said.

Her Child Develop class sewed stuffed animals while the Fashion and Textiles class made throw pillows. Meanwhile, the Housing and Interior Design class painted murals, designed the room and planned toy organization.

The project included a "worry bench" which has positive sayings and a mailbox. Children can use paper and crayons to write down their worries and mail them away. Stuffed animals also can be taken with them when they leave the shelter.

The Indiana Retired Teachers Foundation supported the project with a $500 Active Teacher Grant. These special grants provide additional funds to public school educators so that their students will have the means to participate in special projects. Funds may be appropriated in the areas of resources, leadership research, or materials used by an active Indiana public school teacher.

The project also received funding from the Decatur County Community Foundation’s Thank a Teacher Grant.