Kara K. of Harvard
Kids Can Quilt

As I was thinking about my Gold Award project, I noticed that not all children had the opportunity to learn the basic life skill of sewing.  I have enjoyed sewing throughout my life, and I wanted to teach children the skill and hopefully impart my passion for sewing. Sewing is not only a fun activity, but a practical skill that people can use in their everyday lives. I organized a sewing class for elementary school children at which I taught the students how to quilt, using several different methods. Each student then created two projects of their own.

 I decided to add to my project after I noticed a blank wall in our local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes. It seemed the perfect place for meaningful decoration. The food pantry’s values are centered on neighbors helping neighbors, and it was in this spirit that my sewing class and I created a quilt with the words, “A friend’s helping hand makes a world of change.”  I hope the quilt will imbibe a spirit of community service and empowerment in my students, as well as brighten the lives of the hundreds of families who visit the food pantry.

Kara is a junior at The Bromfield School in Harvard.  She is on the varsity soccer, swimming, and track teams and is a ballet dancer. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Model United Nations and is a peer tutor. Kara also plays flute and teaches religious education.  Kara has spent many years in Girl Scouts and is a Bronze and Silver Award recipient. Her favorite Girl Scout memories include camping, biking on Cape Cod and hiking Mount Washington.  Kara is a lifeguard and teaches swimming and sailing during the summer months. Kara plans to attend college after graduating in 2013