IADT Student Learning Design Concepts and Giving One of a kind hats donated to local children's hospital

May 25, 2006

Seattle, Washington, May 25, 2006 - The Fashion Design students at International Academy of Design & Technology – Seattle are doing more than learning how to construct a garment in their Clothing Construction I class, they are also providing inspiration and hope to others.

Each quarter the class is taught, students are given the assignment to design and construct a hat that can be donated to children going through treatment at Children’s Hospital. Donations happen during mid-terms. For the spring 2006 Quarter students delivered their creations (32 Hats) Wednesday, May 24th and Thursday, May 25th to the children at Children’s Hospital 4800 Sand Point Way NE #5G-1 Seattle, WA 98105

The inspiration for this assignment came to Maria “Malusa” Pinto, Fashion Design Instructor at IADT - Seattle, when her friend’s 10-year old son was battling leukemia. When he lost all his hair as a result of chemo therapy, Malusa knew she could do something to help him through the difficult situation. She made him a hat “When I brought him the hat, he loved it, and so did those around him” said Malusa, and the idea for the assignment was born. Since October 2004, when IADT – Seattle, had its Inaugural Class, many children and their families have benefited from this school project.

The original International Academy of Design & Technology in Chicago was founded in 1977 by a former Sears Executive, Clem Stein, Jr., as a postsecondary institution focused on merchandising and design. More than 25 years later, IADT has expanded its curriculum and campus locations. The Seattle campus opened in 2004, and is authorized to offer degrees by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board, and Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. For more information on IADT – Seattle, see www.iadtseattle.com.