In January, a former student from the Guild for Exceptional Children’s Preschool returned as a special guest demonstrator. In 2003, Emma Pesin was one of the daycare children at the preschool when she was just three years old. The following year, she became a student of the GEC’s PreK for All class. Now twenty-three and a graduate of SUNY Purchase with a degree in graphic design and painting, Emma was invited by one of the teachers to give a sewing demonstration to the students of GEC. The entire Guild Preschool was doing a study unit on clothes and the teacher wanted his students to see how clothes were made.
During her visit, Emma demonstrated to the students how to sew a handbag using yarn and a child-safe plastic needle. She had each child thread the needle through a hole in the bag. By the end of the demonstration, the children had helped her create a ready-to-use handbag. The children enjoyed having Emma in their classroom while learning about sewing through a live demonstration. Hands on learning and lots of fun!