Sultana High School's vocational students and their instructor are running a school-based, not-for-profit pseudo-business that is helping children in need of comfort. And soon the class may assist veterans recovering from injuries at war.


The class is designed to give students hands-on experience in being employed by creating and processing a real product. As a response to that mission, the class formed Special-T Creations, which accepts orders from local schools and the public.


"Just about anything that is material-based can be used in the class," said Jacobs, a special education instructor at the school.


Recently Special-T Creations created more than 50 uniquely embroidered blankets for Binky Patrols, which distributes homemade blankets to children born infected with AIDs, other chronic and terminal illnesses and those suffering other traumas.


Binky Patrol's Calabasas chapter also collects and distributes quilts to Operation Mend, a program that provides plastic and reconstructive surgery to injured veterans. The students hope to provide their family members with embroidered blankets.


"This has been a match I hope we will be able to continue to support," she said.


In the process, a number of the students qualified for the "Give a Day, Get a Disney" program. However, the program ended after successfully reaching the one million volunteer mark, so Jacobs is looking at ways to get all class members to the Magic Kingdom.


The vocations class specializes in creating picture/slogan buttons, silk screening and decorative and personalized embroidery. All designs are by special order, which teaches students customer contact, sketch design and packaging. Positions range from "employee" to "manager."


"There is a lot of book learning about how to get a job and keep a job," said student Danielle Darling. "We got to learn to program and run the machines too."


"What leaves the classroom is a professional product I helped to create," added student Carlos Curiel.


Money earned from the business goes right back into providing more product and maintenance of the machines so that the class can continue to function. Students do not earn a paycheck.


With the help of a few hundred dollars donated by Jacobs, Special-T Creations was able to create the blankets, which did more than help needy children. The project also provided a learning opportunity for the students to experience the joy and rewards of giving.


"I can't imagine a better way to teach children than to teach them to care for others," Jacobs said.


Sultana High School special education teacher Barbara Jacobs contributed to this story.