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Betty Moreland from Belton, Texas submitted this great way to raise money for your P.E. department.  Grades K-8.  

This is a unique way to raise extra money for your physical education department. Each year our students create a series of “Physical Education Quilts” and sell the quilts in a raffle. The money is used for physical education field trips, supplies and equipment.

Materials:

• Fabric paint pens
• Two white twin sheets for each grade level
• Quilt batting for each quilt and thread

Instructions: Use a pencil and yardstick to make blocks on the sheet. The number of children determine the size and the number of squares. We usually have three or four students working together to design and color their square. For example, if you have 60-70 students in your first grade classes, you would cut the sheet into 24 squares.

Use Parent Volunteers: Cover a large table with paper to protect it from the fabric paint. One group (three to four students) is now able to work together on their square. Each group member signs his or her name on the square before drawing their favorite physical education activities.

Students can work on their squares before, during, or after school. Parent volunteers work great with this project. As you are teaching a class, a group of students from another class can be supervised by a parent volunteer.

Square by Square: After a group of students has completed their square, it is left to dry. All of the finished squares are placed in marked boxes by grade level. When all of the children have finished their pictures, the quilt is ready to assemble. You may use parent volunteers or sew it together yourself.

Making the Quilt: Lay the white sheet that has not been painted on the floor. Place the batting on this sheet. Lay the assembled quilted sheet over the batting. Pin all three pieces together. Sew horizontally following the lines, then sew diagonally following the lines. To complete the quilt, we put lace on the edges to make an attractive border.

A Physical Education Quilt Display: When all of the quilts are completed, we put them on display. The display can be housed in the main entrance of your school, the school media center, or in the gym. At this time, letters and tickets are sent home with the students. The tickets are sold for $1.00 each. The tickets that are sold go into the appropriate grade-level box for a drawing during our next PTA meeting. At the end of the PTA meeting we have the drawing and one lucky family from each grade level goes home with a wonderful and unique keepsake!

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