Sullivan Middle School
Sullivan, Missouri

Freedom Pillow Talk
885 Sullivan Middle and Primary School students created "Freedom Pillow Talk" to support troops, help build a caring attitude among cross-age students, and help meet all students' need to belong. In preparation, students shared their stories about family members involved in the military. Students made personal connections and expressed themselves through art and words. Classes used the buddy system to journal and illustrate on pillow cases that were sent to the troops. This project was also very effective in middle school students transforming from a normally “wrapped-up-in-oneself" teenager to a respectful person. This was evidenced in the caring way they cooperatively worked with the younger students to create pillow cases that honored our military personnel. The interaction between students of different age levels provided a positive role model setting.