Ashland University Fashion Merchandising Students Design ‘Capes for Kids’

Ashland University Fashion Merchandising Students Design ‘Capes for Kids’

2/24/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – What turns a child into a superhero? A cape, of course, and students in Ashland University’s Fashion Studio I class this semester designed capes for children in Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis – giving them “superhero powers” to aid in their recovery.

The Fashion Merchandising class, for the second year, participated in The Hero Project whose mission is to “ensure kids in Peyton Manning’s Children’s Hospital leave a hero – with a cape to prove it!” Through the Capes For Kids program, the AU students designed and made capes that were donated to the hospital.

The Hero Project website -- www.the heroproject18.org -- provides information on how to get involved with this project in the spirit of caring for the children. On the website, directions are given for drafting and making a cape for a child ages 2 to 6 years old. Washable fabrics, lining and Velcro closures are suggested to make the capes kid-friendly.

Each student in AU’s Fashion Studio I class designed and made a unique cape to donate to the Children’s Hospital. “The creativity of our students is amazing,” said Dr. Nancy Morris, fashion merchandising associate professor who teaches the class. “Each cape is a special creation, made with attention to detail.”

According to Morris, some of the designs included Captain America, Spider Man, Dinosaur, The next Avenger, Fireman, Butterfly and Dream Big.

Morris said hospital representatives reported that last year's AU student designed capes were “a big hit with the children.”

“Because of that we have chosen to continue our involvement with The Hero Project to give students the opportunity to put their skills to work to bring smiles to the faces of children who have to be in the hospital this time of year,” she added.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###