Tis the season for giving, and Elkins High School Advanced Fashion students are demonstrating their generous spirit through donations of custom clothing for a special little boy to enjoy. The Fashion Design students, led by teacher Lanette Marquardt, designed 14 oversized bibs, 11 hats, 9 pairs of pants, 5 scarves, 4 blankets and a pair of leather-tipped mittens for Damian Rosa, who has cerebral palsy. Sewn into each piece of clothing is a “Made with Love” label that serves as a reminder of the love and thought that went into making the items.
Marquardt met Damian’s mother, Charla Rosa, at Dance Works one day and learned about the difficulty she has in finding proper-fit pants for her son. Damian is a size 2T in the waist, but requires a 4T for leg length. Marquardt knew her students could take on the challenge and thought helping the Rosa family would be the perfect community service project for them to complete.
“The students were so motivated and genuinely happy and invested in this project,” said Marquardt. “It’s important for them to see how their skills can have a positive influence in the world. And, of course, Damian’s smile warmed our hearts and reminded all of us of the true meaning of Christmas.”
The team presented Mrs. Rosa and Damian with the items in time for the holiday. Mrs. Rosa in turn presented Marquardt and the girls with “thank you” gifts from her family. The students are looking forward to creating other items for Damian, if needed.
“What a blessing this is for Damian and our family,” said Charla Rosa. “The clothes are absolutely incredible, and we couldn’t be more grateful. We will always remember this day.” Mrs. Rosa and her husband, Ricky, are both FBISD graduates.