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Proviso West Student Tailors Help Madrigal Singers Prepare for Show

December 3, 2015 01:40 PM
The Proviso Madrigal Singers will be hosting their annual Madrigal Dinner Concert, with a little help from their classmates at Proviso West.
Students in Ms. Connie Jesukaitis’ fashion technology classes are doing the alterations on the outfits that the Madrigal Singers will be wearing in their show, lengthening and shortening pants hems and dress lengths where needed.
Ms. Salina Watson, choir director, said that she had previously used a professional tailor to do the alterations for the students. She said that this year, she wanted to cut costs and provide students "some experience and exposure to teamwork."
"I wanted to provide an opportunity for students to collaborate across the curriculum," Ms. Watson said. "I wanted to help provide a positive platform on which our students could shine in a positive light. Activities like this also help build relationships amongst the students and the faculty."
Ms. Jesukaitis said that students handling the alterations for the costumes were gaining experience for a life skill that could potentially turn into a career or business.
"We really like the idea of meaningful experiences for the students to do something that actually will make a difference," she said. "It’s a rewarding thing to have all of us working together and to have students helping students. These are people they see in the halls, people they know."
On November 19, Madrigal singers changed into their costumes and stood on desks in the fashion technology classroom. This allowed students in the fashion technology class to make the proper measurements and pin the clothing where needed to make the appropriate alteration.
"I think it’s going to be fine," said Kennedy Reed, a Proviso West senior and Madrigal singer, as her classmates worked on her dress. "It looks like they’re doing everything fine."
Jazmin Flowers, a Proviso West senior in the fashion technology class, said that she appreciated the experience.
"It was a great experience to even be doing it, to learn how to do alterations," she said. "We get to help students instead of them going to a tailor shop."
Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the collaboration between the two classes builds unity at the school and in District 209.
"We are always looking for ways to do more collaboration inside and outside of Proviso West," he said. "With this collaboration, not only do our students get to work together on a major project that will be seen by the community, they also see that what they are learning is important."
Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart, superintendent for District 209, said that projects such as this help to make education more relevant for students.
"Students who might otherwise wonder why they are coming to school are able to see that what they are learning can lead to a bigger payoff later in life," Dr. Collins-Hart said. "They can see that they need to continue learning to be able to someday have that dream career and have the life that they are seeking."
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