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West Seattle Timebank teams with teachers & students in ongoing exchanges

West Seattle Timebank has many recurring exchanges with our organizational members to help families and build community.  The article below was published in


A lesson in sewing – and giving – as West Seattle Timebank teams with local teacher and students 

December 24, 2018 1:46 pm

(Photo by WSB’s Patrick Sand unless otherwise credited)

If you are a certain age, you might remember when sewing was taught in schools. (Usually just girls, though.) That time is long past – but this art classroom at White Center Heights Elementary revived the art of sewing, with the help of their teacher and the West Seattle Timebank.

For the past month, Shoshanna Cohen‘s fourth- and fifth-graders have been sewing stuffed animals. Cohen says even she didn’t know how to sew before launching the project. The kids wanted to make the toys as holiday gifts, two each – one to donate, one to take home for someone in their own family.

Timebank leader Tamsen Spengler was one of the volunteers there when we visited one of Cohen’s classes at WCH Elementary as they wrapped up the project last Friday, before leaving for winter break. She’s also who told us about it, so we could share the story with you.

They’re giving – and they’re receiving. “These kids are amazing,” Cohen enthused. She also had praise for the Timebank members, saying she wished she could have their help all the time. While we were talking to her, a steady stream of students came up to her, asking for guidance, and/or a bit of validation. We even got a question: “Does this look like pepperoni?” A boy held up circles of felt, about the right color and size.

We said it did. What occurred to us is, it looked a lot like love.

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Timebank)

P.S. Signing up for the West Seattle Timebank just might get you the chance to be part of an adventure like this. Here’s how.