Heroes of Education: Gina Perkes

Heroes of Education: Gina Perkes and The Copper Needle Crew
Posted on 06/23/2017
Shelli Creighton and RCMS wanted to recognize Gina Perkes, Debbie Vaughn, Arleen Logan and Georgia Thorne for their help with a quilting class as part of the RCMS enrichment program. Gina Perkes, owner of the quilt shop Cooper Needle, opens her shop twice a week to work one on one with 10-15 girls at RCMS on quilting. She lets the students use her sewing machines, and she donates the material to make quilts. The cost for all the supplies and materials that she donates is valued around $200 per girl. Arleen Logan is Gina's grandmother. She taught them the skills of quilting. She pushed them but made them very successful and confident. Debbie Vaughn is Gina's mother. She is the mother hen of the group. She keeps the girls focused and also Mrs. Creighton focused. Debbie also teaches the fundamentals of quilting. She always brought the girls snacks too! Georgia Thorne is our other teacher. She is the patient one. She helps keep the girls caught up on the ironing and really enjoys working one on one with the students. We could not have made these quilts without these amazing women! We can’t thank these ladies enough for their time and love they have shown our students. It is for their help of our students that they are recognized HEROES of public education.