Friday, December 27, 2013

Refugees get help learning English through sewing class

 It is so much easier to learn something when you are having a good time doing it, especially a language.  - - Donna Poisl

Written by Kirsten Clark, The Courier-Journal

When refugee women enter the sewing classroom for the first time — most knowing little English — they often don’t know what to expect, said Anna Gray Slagle, one of the women who runs the Stitch program.

“They come in with their eyes down,” Slagle said. “They just have no idea what we’re asking them to participate in.”

But every Tuesday and Wednesday morning, Stitch — a sewing class at the Pleune-Mobley Center organized by Highland Presbyterian Church and Kentucky Refugee Ministries — is bringing together more than just pieces of fabric.

In its most basic form, Stitch unites refugee women with English-speaking instructors who teach them the basics of sewing.
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